Help for drought-ef­fected farm­ers

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

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 red­

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