Whilst rains have recently fallen in cities and some parts of the bush, vast numbers of Queensland and New South Wales farmers continue to suffer through a crippling drought.
Over the last 16 months, Australians have given $2 million through Buy a Bale to assist drought affected farmers. Unfortunately the need for support is ongoing and with many areas not receiving any rain over the wet season, the outlook for the rest of the year is very bleak.
In the lead up to Buy a Bale day on March 25, Australians are being asked to help raise enough money to buy 50,000 bales. These bales will be purchased from hay farmers and delivered to farmers in desperate need to keep their breeding stocks alive.
“If all Australians donated one bale we’d solve our hay needs but we can’t expect that” said Charles Alder, Founder of Buy a Bale. “We’re hoping the 50,000 bales target is one we can achieve and this will make a significant impact on our farmers.”
Buy a Bale is currently planning four major hay days in association with Anglicare, Drought Angels, Frontier Services and the Department of Human Services. The hay day will provide farmers with an opportunity to get together, receive hay, advice on mental health and government support and drought assistance. This collaboration of organisations provides communities with these vital services from the one place at the one time.
The first of these days will be held in Mungindi on March 7th.
Key Facts and Figures
$2 Million donated to farmers assistance in last 16 months
1500 Farmers registered with Buy a Bale
50,000 bales is the target of the Buy a Bale Day campaign
You can donate to Buy a Bale at www.buyabale.com.au