Roadside assistance hits the farm
DROUGHT SUPPORT: Adam, Helen and Michael McKellar (front) with volunteers from the RACQ Foundation and the Weekend Sunrise crew at Booka Station, Morven, for the Drought Angels’ Rural Day Off
ANGELS descended in Morven on Saturday, but not the mythical kind.
Chinchilla’s Drought Angels made their way to town, ready to look after farmers in need of a day off.
Their Farmers’ RDO (rural day off ), now in it’s 11th iteration, is run wherever local producers ask the Angels to go, and Drought Angels director Jenny Gailey said that was why Morven farmers were chosen for a visit.
“Morven was one of the areas where we have seen a cluster of farmers come through requesting assistance from us, and we know that there hasn’t been a lot of assistance received in that area as well.
“So we decided to see what we could do to help the community and the response was just amazing,” she said.
Sometimes the little things like self care get forgotten in the midst of life, which is why Drought Angels brought a myriad of different people with them for the RDO.
Hairdressing, beauty treatments, hay, food, entertainment and a whole host of other essentials and luxuries were brought out for primary producers to utilise.
“Each time we do a drought run, we spoil the farmers rotten and treat them like royalty,” Ms Gailey said.
“We try to cater to all of their needs for the day, and use local businesses to do it; we always start local before widening the net for services on the day.
“Some of our barbers were from Roma and our masseuse was from St George, if I remember correctly.”
The net was cast quite wide when Drought Angels brought the RACQ on board, with their team travelling from across the state to be involved.
“They were just a wonderful addition and the team they brought out did so much more than mechanical work,” Ms Gailey said.
“They were also doing fencing, irrigation pipelines and they painted one of the young girls’ bedrooms.
“The RACQ were such an amazing crew and it was a lovely addition to have them there,” she said.
Despite the success of the day, the Angels’ work is never done and Ms Gailey said Morven certainly was not their last project for the year.
“We’re doing a Christmas run like we do every year and we’ll spend the next couple of weeks before Christmas sending out as many prepaid cards and hampers as we can.
“We know this time of year is difficult and, although we’ve had our big day, the work leading up to Christmas doesn’t stop.
“The drought doesn’t stop, so we don’t stop,” she said.
Farmers affected by drought and now bushfires in central Queensland will also be a focus for the Angels, who are trying to look after people across the country.
“Coming into the new year, we will be back into it and getting out more assistance.
“We are now also getting calls about the farmers who are already in drought and now have been affected by the bushfires,” Ms Gailey said.
The Chinchilla-based charity works much farther afield than its local area and welcome farmers from across the country if they need a helping hand.
“Drought Angels is registered Australia-wide for all natural disasters,” Ms Gailey said. “So if you are a primary producer in need, we can help.
“You can jump online and register through out website, www.droughtangels.org.au and we will try to help you in any way we can.
“Anybody that is wanting to support farmers, whether it is fire or drought, can also donate through the website.”
ANGEL CREW: Coming out to Morven in partnership with Drought Angels, RACQ staff were there to lend a hand.