Our an­gels will make you smile

2019 lo­cal cal­en­dar launch

Chinchilla News - - NEWS -

CHINCHILLA’S Drought An­gels proved the power of pic­tures with the of­fi­cial launch of their 2019 cal­en­dar on Septem­ber 20.

The cal­en­dar fea­tures a col­lec­tion of Chinchilla’s lo­cal busi­nesses putting their best foot for­ward, strip­ping off and pos­ing for pho­to­graphs.

The idea for the un­con­ven­tional fundraiser had it’s gen­e­sis with the Chinchilla News.

All shots were cap­tured by lo­cal pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher Jodie Wil­liams.

“We had a lot of laughs putting it to­gether,” Drought An­gels co-founder Tash John­ston shared.

“Thanks again to our amaz­ing Chinchilla com­mu­nity and the sup­port that they have thrown be­hind us once again.

“We are proud to be part of the Chinchilla com­mu­nity, be­cause they al­ways step up to the plate when it comes to help­ing oth­ers.”

Since their for­ma­tion in Jan­uary 2014, the Drought An­gels have sought to of­fer a help­ing hand to the ru­ral fam­i­lies of Aus­tralia af­fected by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

They are one of many vol­un­teer groups show­ing farm­ers deal­ing with the drought that they are not alone.

Mrs John­ston said she was over­whelmed with the mag­ni­tude of the na­tion’s gen­eros­ity.

“We have raised over $4 mil­lion dol­lars in do­na­tions in the past nine weeks,” she said.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble and some­thing we never ex­pected in a mil­lion years con­sid­er­ing last year we raised $488,000 for the en­tire year.

“The drought has fi­nally made main­stream me­dia and across the coun­try peo­ple have re­alised how tough our farm­ers have been ac­tu­ally do­ing it and are do­ing it.”

The not-for-profit char­ity has had more than 1000 ap­pli­ca­tions for as­sis­tance come through in the last nine weeks.

“We are fo­cussing on work­ing one-on-one with our farm­ers with what they all in­di­vid­u­ally need and how we can help them,” Mrs John­ston said.

All pro­ceeds from the cal­en­dar pur­chase will go to­wards the op­er­a­tional costs re­quired to as­sist the Drought An­gels to bring a smile to strug­gling ru­ral fam­i­lies.

The Drought An­gels cal­en­dar can be pur­chased on­line through the char­ity web­site at drough­tan­gels.org.au.

It can also be picked up through one of the these lo­cal busi­nesses:

■ K & R Plumb­ing

■ MPC Con­tract­ing

■ White Lo­tus

■ Mini Mo­tors

■ RiE Ser­vices

■ Glee­son’s Meats

■ Vita Health

■ Pur­ple Bean

■ Land­mark

■ Chinchilla Vets

■ Wood AG

■ Base Camp - Wind­mill Rd

PHOTO: AMANI VASSILIOU PHOTO: FILE.

CAL­EN­DAR LAUNCH: Jenny Gai­ley, Tash John­ston, Yvette Chap­man and Carissa Liddle on Septem­ber 20 . An­gels 2019

The Drought Cal­en­dar.

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