The ‘Make a Farmer’s Christmas Special’ appeal by Aussie Helpers is designed to raise much-needed funds and goods for drought-affected farmers and their families across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Everyone in the community has the option to purchase hampers to the value of $50, $100 or $500, containing food for Christmas, toys, stock feed, visa cards to buy gifts and other items.
Supporting the appeal is celebrity chef Alistair McLeod, best known for TV shows The Great Day Out and Ready Steady Cook. “The drought doesn’t only impact those on the land. When our farmers are suffering from drought, we all suffer,” Mr McLeod said.
Recent statistics released by the State Government show that 66.1 per cent of Queensland is currently drought-declared.
Tash Kocks, our Aussie Helpers Chief Executive Officer, who regularly visits farmers in drought-declared areas to deliver donations and provide support, has seen first-hand the devastation caused by the drought. She said families were being torn apart.
“With such large parts of our country begging for drought relief, it’s going to take a lot of support from communities across Australia to keep our farmers afloat,” Ms Kocks said.
“Even the smallest of donations will make a difference, so please dig deep this Christmas and donate to the ‘Make a Farmer’s Christmas Special’ appeal to support our farmers in need this festive season.”