Help for drought-effected farmers
AS WE get wrapped up in the festive season, the Red Cross is reminding us that many Australian farmers have had a tough year because of the drought.
Farmers are resilient, strong and proud and drought-affected farmers show remarkable strength of character, coping with determination in the face of hardship.
Yet, with no rain to break the dry spell, many farmers and farming communities are concerned for their livelihoods.
The road to recovery is long.
The drought has rallied support for farmers in towns and cities Australia-wide.
Tens of thousands of people donated to the Red Cross Help Aussie Farmers appeal.
With these contributions and with local partners, the QCWA, the Red Cross has reached thousands of farming families with financial assistance.
Some farmers are reluctant to seek financial support – for all sorts of reasons.
However, farmers tell the organisation it is easy to apply for the funds donated to the Red Cross.
They say the funds reach them quickly to cover household expenses such as groceries and utility bills.
If you are a droughtaffected farmer or reliant on farming for your livelihood, the Red Cross is encouraging you to come forward for support, and to remember, the whole country is thinking of you as the drought continues.
To access a Red Cross drought relief grant, visit redcross.org.au/drought.