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Helping support Australia's rural communities and Aussie farmers.

Providing tangible resources to drought affected communities. Stock feed, Money, & Volunteers.
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Welcome to Buy a Bale

Supporting Aussie farmers and rural communities throughout Australia. This drought appeal campaign is providing meaningful support for farmers by delivering hay and other essential items to farmers who have no feed left for their cattle.

All donations to our drought assistance campaign have a four fold effect. Some hay is donated, some we buy, so we’re feeding a hay farmer and their family. Some of our truckies are donating their time and diesel, some loads we’re paying for, so we’re feeding truckies and their families. Donations towards our Farmers card inject immediate cash into the rural towns, city cash going bush. Finally what hay we deliver saves farmers cash that they can continue to spend on other items.

Australia, donating to Buy a Bale is helping not just farmers but their communities and so many more people.
Thank you on behalf of our farmers for your support.

Our Partners


When Keith Urban announced a no frills benefit concert at the Tamworth Town Hall we all wanted tickets to see the show.  So you can imagine our surprise to find that Keith had chosen Rural Aid as the beneficiary of said concert. What a night it was with Keith starting the show with his hit Coming Home, the crowd went wild and sang along to every tune for the rest of the night.

Having Keith back on our shores and performing in Tamworth where he said “I think this is all really where it all started for me” was a real treat and his generosity to our Australian farmers was admirable, donating the ticket price to Rural Aid for drought relief.

Rural Aid CEO and Co-founders Charles and Tracey Alder had the opportunity to meet and thank Keith personally before the concert and were thrilled to have Keith use his platform to inspire others to support Rural Aid and it’s program initiatives to support Australian farmers.

@KeithUrban: SO psyched to be playing the legendary Tamworth Town Hall tonite in support of Rural Aid that helps so many families in need!!!!!! It’ll be a nite to remember!!!!!! – KU

Help Us Help Rural Australia Stay Strong

Rural Aid Australia works tirelessly to provide help and support to regional communities in good times and bad.

The funds raised will help provide more mental health coordinators and support personnel to regional communities, so rural Australia can get strong and stay strong. It’s a big job, and we need your help. So please help us help the bush. Proceeds from the Raffle for Resilience will help us in supporting rural Australia.

Enter the Raffle for Resilience for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind, commemorative edition LandCruiser 200 Sahara and more.


Phoebe Jay Music

Young Australian Country singer Phoebe Jay joins with one of the world’s greatest guitarists Tommy Emmanuel to raise funds for Rural Aid’s Suicide Prevention Campaign with Free Air.

Phoebe Jay is a young country music singer songwriter, living around the cane-fields of Bundaberg. This wonderfully, talented young Australian singer’s melodic tones and harmonies mix traditional, classic country with a twist creating a new and vibrant sound.

Now, national number one with single Rollercoaster Ride under her belt she sets out to bring awareness to the issue Australian Farmer Suicide with the release of her next album Free Air featuring Tommy Emmanuel to help raise funds for Rural Aid’s Suicide Prevention Campaign.  Bringing awareness of our rural people and the wider community who are at risk of taking their own lives.



Our Corporate Sponsors


TOMRA is partnered with Buy a Bale of Hay to help raise much-needed funds for feed, water and fuel. NSW recyclers can donate their Return and Earn container deposit refunds at any reverse vending machine, allowing 10-cent refunds on eligible drink containers to be donated to those affected by the drought.

NSW recyclers can donate their Return and Earn container deposit refunds at any reverse vending machine. But for those residents looking to donate to farmers immediately they can use a special ‘Buy a Bale’ barcode when visiting any of the 270 RVMs across the state.

The money will go towards rural NSW farmers and communities struggling to survive the harsh drought plaguing the state – providing them with much needed support like hay and other essentials to give them a fighting chance in these tough times.

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Qantas Drought Relief

Qantas has partnered with charity Rural Aid to help fund hay bales, water trucking, groceries and mental health counsellors for farming communities struggling to survive the worst drought conditions parts of Australia have seen in decades.

The program includes an immediate $1 million cash donation by Qantas to Rural Aid, followed by a number of Qantas and Jetstar appeal initiatives to raise another $1 million with your help. We’ll match these fundraising efforts, with the aim of providing the charity with a total donation of $3 million by the end of 2018.


"Thank you Buy a Bale for the opportunity to support our farmers. We live in a drought affected community and see the starving cattle being drove along the roadside, we see the town getting quieter as business slows because farmers are struggling, we see the land void of fodder"

- Glenn and Natarsha Bovey