QUOTE ARTICLE from ABC News Website 15/3/15
The charity Aussie Helpers is sending what it calls a “rescue mission” to drought-affected central western Queensland this week.
The organisation said it was receiving calls for assistance on a daily basis from the Longreach, Ilfracombe and Winton areas, which had missed out on decent summer rain again.
Founder Brian Egan said volunteers would call on every station in the area to talk to landowners and there would also be fodder, food hampers and bottled water to give away in the coming weeks.
“Every single station,” he said.
“We have had people up here before, a lot of the people on stations know us already, so they are just glad we are back in the area.
“But the good news is, Aussie Helpers has been able to get a lot of farmers behind us in the South Burnett and Toowoomba region. We have raised about 1,500 round bales to give away.”
Mr Egan said it had teamed with Lions International to offer psychological help, because the stigma surrounding mental health issues was still a challenge.
“We got in touch with an organisation called Optum, which is a worldwide health and well being company,” he said.
“When we are visiting people, if we find someone who needs some help, we ask their permission, Optum can ring them up at home at night-time, and if need be, we can fly these psychologists into Longreach and then take them out to properties, treat them on farm and nobody knows about it.”
ARTICLE SOURCE: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-16/volunteers-on-a-mission-to-help-drought-hit/6322434