Drought re­lief dries up

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

LEAD­ING char­ity Vin­nies, with the sup­port of The Sun­day Tele­graph, has raised $670,000 for farm­ers hard­est hit by the drought.

The char­ity has al­ready spent $400,000, most of which went to farm­ers to pay off over­due bills such as ve­hi­cle re­gos, coun­cil rates and med­i­cal ex­penses.

Farm­ing fam­i­lies typ­i­cally ask for be­tween $2000 and $3000 to clear their house­hold debts.

Vin­nies mem­bers have per­son­ally vis­ited 800 farms to find out what help they need and avoid the “stigma or shame of ask­ing for help”.

While the drought hasn’t bro­ken, fundrais­ing has dried up re­cently.

“Small amounts con­tinue to come in, but we have no­ticed a re­cent and sig­nif­i­cant slow­down in the flow of do­na­tions as me­dia at­ten­tion be­gins to wane,” a Vin­nies spokes­woman said. TO DO­NATE GO TO: WWW. VIN­NIES. ORG. AU

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