Drought relief dries up
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