Moreton Bay Region lends a hand to drought stricken farmers

Rotary Caboolture has taken the initiative to actively campaign addressing the plight of farmers doing it tough during what is being described as the worst drought since the 1960's
 
The Today Show, National Farmers Federation have joined with Rotary on a national campaign in cities, towns and regions so the public can directly donate dollars which is tax deductable.
 
Saturday 11 of August Caboolture Rotary are at the Morayfield Shopping Centre near Jadin Pharmacy at the Post Office End of the Shopping Centre.
Drought is crippling Queensland farmers’ livelihoods and devastating rural communities across the country. Currently, 57% of the state is in drought, and has been for up to seven years. Farmers and country people are tough but this protracted drought is challenging for even the most resilient.

If you’re a farmer or live in a rural community and are affected by drought, help is available! Details about assistance and support services available are below.

If you would like to support Australia’s drought-affected farmers, details on how you can lend a hand are also below.

Where farmers can go for help

Farm Household Allowance

Farm Household Allowance (FHA) provides eligible farmers and their partners experiencing financial hardship with assistance through planning and training for long-term financial improvements as well as income support for up to four years.

Applicants are encouraged to not self-assess your eligibility. You can seek advice on eligibility or how to apply for assistance, by contacting the Farmer Assistance Hotline on 13 23 16. Find out more about applying for Farm Household Allowance on the Department of Human Services website.

The Rural Financial Counselling Service

The RFCS provides free services to assist eligible clients with their farm finance strategies. There are two services which, between them provide coverage across Queensland. Head offices are based in Roma (07 4622 5500) and Longreach (07 4652 5666). Interested people may also approach their nearest counsellor directly – you can find their locations and details at: rfcsnq.com.au and rfcsqsw.org.au.

Are You Bogged Mate?

Are you bogged mate? is all about helping country blokes talk about mental health and suicide while spreading awareness about depression in the bush. The aims to boost awareness and start a conversation with the broader community about the rising issue of depression and suicide rates among men in rural areas. We are confronting the challenges that country men face on a daily basis, talking about mental health, and lighting the path to support.

For more information about the help available and how you can get involved, visit their website: areyouboggedmate.com.au.

Beyond Blue

We all have good days and bad days. Then there are those days when something isn’t quite right, you’ve got something on your mind, or things just seem too much. Whatever it may be, sharing the load with someone else can really help. So no matter who you are, or how you’re feeling, you can talk it through with us – we’ll point you in the right direction so you can seek further support.

For help, call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or jump on their after hours online chat here: online.beyondblue.org.au/WebModules/General/OutOfHours. For more information about Beyond Blue visit, beyondblue.org.au.

Lifeline Australia 

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or access the after hours online crisis support chat here: lifeline.org.au/get-help/online-services/crisis-chat. For more information about Lifeline visit their website: lifeline.org.au.

Country Call Back

Country Callback is a 24/7 telephone support service for drought affected and isolated communities within rural Australia. The service offers targeted emotional support to rural Australians and the ability to call you back for additional support and check-ins. The service is available to people experiencing personal, social, financial and emotional difficulties as a result of the prolonged drought and rural hardship. The Country Callback service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For further information call 1800 54 33 54 or visit countrycallback.com.au.

ifarmwell 

The ifarmwell website has been designed by Australian farmers to help other Australian farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day. It does this by sharing practical ways of coping with difficult circumstances, thoughts and feelings (especially worries about things you can’t control) and helping you to work out where it is most useful for you to put your attention and energy.

The website is designed to be useful for both farmers who are currently feeling down or stressed AND those who would simply like some new tools to improve their ability to cope with uncertainty associated with life on the land. To start the five free, engaging modules, register and get started today, or find out more about the program.

How you can help our farmers

Rural Aid

Rural Aid provides a number of support programs for rural Australia. These programs provide a range of support services from provision of animal feed, cash handouts, holidays and mental health assistance, education assistance and technology.

To Donate to Rural Aid, call 1300 327 624 or visit ruralaid.org.au/donate. For more information about Rural Aid, their website here: ruralaid.org.au.

Aussie Helpers

Aussie Helpers stays in touch with hundreds of farming families to ensure their well being and survival through good and bad times. The organisation assists farmers in drought areas by donating some feed for their animals to keep their herds alive and assist the families living on the land with necessities like groceries, school fees and other basic essentials of living.

To donate to Aussie Helpers, call 1300 665 232 or visit aussiehelpers.org.au/donations. For more information about Aussie Helpers, check out their website here: aussiehelpers.org.au.

Aussie Farmers Foundation

Aussie Farmers Foundation helps Australia’s farming communities to thrive by supporting them during tough times through economic and environmental sustainability for Australian agricultural communities, disaster relief and recover, kids health and healthy eating, food relief and access to health services including mental health.

To donate to the Aussie Farmers Foundation, visit aussiefarmersfoundation.org.au/donate-now. For information about the Foundation, see their website: aussiefarmersfoundation.org.au.

Thirsty Cow 

Thirsty Cow has cared, or organised care, for hundreds of farmers in need who are adversely affected by natural disaster by offering support, whether it is financial, moral or in kind by gathering, transporting and delivering fodder, fencing, vehicle maintenance and animal care to farmers in need.

You can donate to Thirsty Cow by calling 1300 45 11 88, or visiting thirstycow.org.au/donate-to-aussie-farmers. For more information about Thirsty Cow see their website here: thirstycow.org.au.

The Big Dry Drought Appeal

The Queensland Country Life and North Queensland Register have joined forces with Brisbane radio station 4BC and the Buy A Bale charity to launch The Big Dry Drought Appeal. The Queensland appeal will raise money to buy hay, water, fuel for transport and groceries – which will be distributed through gift cards at the farmer’s nominated supermarket.

To make a donation that will help buy hay, water and groceries for farmers in need, visit: buyabale.com.au/donate. Request a donation barrel to help make a difference here: buyabale.com.au/fundraising-tools/donation-barrel. Order a hay truck poster and gradually fill a load of hay for a farmer here: buyabale.com.au/fundraising-tools/truck-poster-fundraiser. Or click here to sponsor a load of hay: buyabale.com.au/hay-trips/corporate-sponsorship.

Rotary District 9630 Drought Relief

The Rotary District 9630 Drought Appeal has been delivering aid to Drought affected Communities since late 2013 early 2014 using our “Whole of Community” approach including a voucher system, family days and the Rotary Reading Assistance Programme. The relief effort is designed to assist not only the farmers/graziers severely drought affected but to also to provide relief to the small local communities.

To donate to the Rotary District 9630 Drought Appeal, visit: donations.rawcs.com.au/rotary-district-9630-drought-appeal. For more information about Rotary District 9630’s work, see here: Rotary District 9630 Drought Relief Overview.

Drought Relief Fund for Australian Farmers 

Channel 9 and Rotary Australia have partnered with the National Farmers’ Federation, launching an appeal to big business and everyday Australians, so we can provide some emergency relief. 100% of donations goes to the farmers and is tax deductible via Rotary and RAWCS.

To donate to the Drought Relief Fund for Australian Farmers visit: donations.rawcs.com.au. For more information about the Drought Relief Fund, see here: rawcs.org.au.

The official Queensland Drought Appeal launched.

7 News has teamed up with the Courier Mail, Sunday Mail and Country Women's Association to help Queenslanders battle one of the toughest droughts in memory.

The Premier kicked it off with a $100,000 donation.

Donate here: www.qlddroughtappeal.com.au

Western Queensland Drought Appeal
Donate now using Paypal or anytime via Direct Deposit
Account Name:  Western Queensland Drought Appeal
BSB:  034-194
Account Number:  238468
Cheques can be posted to:
Administration
Western Queensland Drought Appeal
PO Box 496, Longreach QLD 4730

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