Our story

Our mission is to help farmers, farming families and communities survive through the tough times so they can thrive in the good.

We are led by our purpose, to help the heart of our country, and we are driven every day to ensure farmers know that help is just a phone call away. There is no waiting period when a farmer or a rural community needs us.

Aussie Helpers was built from the ground up to support farmers, their families and communities in need. We provide immediate help—wherever, whenever and however—farmers and farming communities need it, which makes us different to many other charities. Our team is guided by our values of compassion, respect, generosity, teamwork and reliability.

Thanks to Aussie Helpers, farmers are not alone.

Our legacy

Hailing from Dalby, Queensland, Brian and Nerida Egan were all too familiar with the extreme physical, emotional and financial challenges of life on the land. In May 2002, they founded Aussie Helpers with the simple idea that if there were farmers in need, Aussie Helpers would be there to help.

Respected and revered as some of Australia’s greatest unsung heroes, Brian and Nerida dedicated their lives to supporting farmers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for almost 20 years.

It is without doubt that, through their sacrifice and dedication, Brian and Nerida saved countless farmers’ lives, kept farming families together and fed thousands of starving animals. In 2020, both Brian and Nerida were awarded Order of Australia medals for their work to farming communities.

Brian passed away in early 2020, leaving behind a legacy of love in the form of the Aussie Helpers charity. Brian’s and Nerida’s daughter Tash continues to honour their legacy as Aussie Helpers CEO.

In 2022, Aussie Helpers responded to the urgent needs of farmers during the devastating Murwillumbah flood crisis.

48 Farmers Helped

The team visited 48 farmers over five days, provided essential financial and emotional support, and delivered necessities like food and hygiene hampers, animal food and hay.

$380,000 Invoices Paid

We paid $380,000 in supplier invoices for farmers from our $5K Aussie Helpers Fund.

$48,000 Support

We delivered $15,000 worth of hay, which continued for more than a year, and $33,000 in fuel vouchers, visa cards, and hampers and pet food.

The McDonald’s Story

Jennifer McDonald has worked with her father on their dairy farm in Murwillumbah her whole life. They thought Cyclone Debbie in 2017 was the worst it could get until the 2022 floods hit.

777mm of rain fell over three days, which caused the river to rise six and a half metres. The McDonalds suffered significant damage and cattle losses— including important breeding stock. With no food for the cattle that survived, it was clear this was a disaster.

As soon as flood waters dropped and the roads reopened, Aussie Helpers sent a trailer full of high-quality hay to Jennifer and Patrick’s cattle. It came as soon as we could get it to them, without them even asking, because we knew they needed our support, kindness and fodder.

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Charleville Depot

4 Kurrajong Street
Charleville QLD 4470

Charleville Thrift Shop

54 Edward Street
Charleville QLD 4470

Gladstone

Gladstone Office

37 Goondoon Street
Gladstone Central QLD 4680

Dubbo

Dubbo Depot

2/7 McGuinn Crescent
Dubbo NSW 2830

Sponsorship Enquiry

If your business or organisation is interested in sponsoring or partnering an Aussie Helpers initiative to help Aussie farmers, farming families and communities, please register your interest below.

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There are many ways you can volunteer and help Aussie farmers in need with us, including at events and at our depots.

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We have a high demand for volunteers with trade licenses or experience in teaching who are able to travel to support farmers, farming families and communities in need.

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If your business or organisation is interested in sponsoring or partnering an Aussie Helpers initiative to help Aussie farmers, farming families and communities, please register your interest below.

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There are many ways you can volunteer and help Aussie farmers in need with us, including at events and at our depots.

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We have a high demand for volunteers with trade licenses or experience in teaching who are able to travel to support farmers, farming families and communities in need.

Do you hold any trade licenses or skills that would help support farmers or farming communities?

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If your school could benefit from our support please register your interest below.

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If your business or organisation is interested in sponsoring or partnering an Aussie Helpers initiative to help Aussie farmers, farming families and communities, please register your interest below.

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Helping Aussie farming families this Christmas

Like millions of Aussies right now, many farmers are struggling. And, as hotter and drier conditions return, we’re anticipating more farmers will need our help than ever before.

It’s a tragic irony that farmers work from sun-up to sunset to feed our families—and yet many will struggle to afford a Christmas lunch and gifts for their loved ones.

There are many ways to helps us to help Aussie farming families in need this Christmas, including donating funds, donating goods, volunteering, fundraising and partnering.

Supporters Form
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Donate goods
Wherever possible, please deliver goods to one of our volunteer collection points (see here).
If you’d like to become a collection point for donated goods, please email us today.
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We’re here to help you and your families

Times are really tough for farming families across Australia.

Please know that you’re not alone.

With the help of our donors, partners and volunteers, we’re doing everything we can to support you through this tough time and bring a smile to your family this Christmas.

If you’re a farmer and would like to register for support this Christmas, please complete the form below.

Farmers Form
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If you are unable to provide your PIC, please send your request in writing to admin@aussiehelpers.org.au
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Supporting schools in farming communities

With the help of our donors, partners and sponsors, we’re committed to extending Brekkie in a Bag to support even more schools in farming communities in 2024.

We are pleased to confirm that Sanitarium and The Big Little Dairy Company have generously agreed to support Brekkie in a Bag in first semester 2024 and we are actively seeking further support to extend the program and ensure we can keep up with an increasing demand.

If you’re a rural or remote school with farming kids in attendance and are concerned about the risk of food insecurity impacting families, please register an expression of interest for Brekkie in a Bag.

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Participating schools are required to:

  1. Ensure all students and families are aware that a free and nutritious schools breakfast is available everyday
  2. Ensure breakfast is easily accessible to all students
  3. Ensure food is stored, prepared and handled safely and that good hygiene is practiced
  4. Provide brief quarterly feedback so that we can continue Brekkie in a Bag, improve the initiative and share with our partners and sponsors.

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Help farming kids with free healthy breakfasts

With the help of our donors, partners and sponsors, we’re committed to extending Brekkie in a Bag to support even more schools in farming communities in 2024.