In late 2014, Buy a Bale teamed up with other service provides and several corporations to run a Farm Rescue event at Lightning Ridge in NSW and Mitchell in QLD. Each trip provided volunteers with a unique experience by visiting some of the worst drought areas of Australia and providing help to struggling farmers. Skills such as plumbers, carpenters, mechanics, painters and fencers were put to good use and provided real value for the drought affected property owners involved.
Buy a Bale is expanding this one off event and is now working to provide farmers with support all year round by taking a monthly convoy of skilled volunteers to the remote and rural areas of Qld and NSW. Each trip will provide volunteers with a unique experience by visiting some of the worst drought areas of Australia and providing help to struggling Aussies. Volunteers will be bussed out to each site and either billeted or camp near the properties in need. The trip itself will not be all work and no play with down time planned to show each of the volunteers what life on the land is like.
How it will work
Farm Rescues will operate on a monthly basis with each event ranging from 5-7 days.
- Volunteers will register for a trip of their choice
- Buy a Bale will transport the volunteers to the regional area in need (Note: volunteers may bring their own vehicle)
- Volunteers will stay with local property owners (usually for 5-6 nights)
- Work will be performed on each of the properties
- Buy a Bale will cover transport, food and accommodation costs for each volunteer on the trip
Who can volunteer
Anyone with the right skills can volunteer for the program. In particular we welcome skilled trades people, especially plumbers, electricians, builders and mechanics. Past Farm Rescues have included jobs ranging from fixing small and large vehicles, replacing roofs, welding, painting and installing air conditioners.
How to Register
Simply fill in the form at http://www.farmrescue.com.au/farmy-army with as much information as possible and we will get back to you not long after.