In an ironic situation, Australian city folk are being asked to provide food and essentials to help drought affected farmers.
The Buy a Bale campaign and partner Frontier Services are hoping over the next 8 weeks that they can raise $250,000 for farmers to help cover groceries and essential items.
Through the Buy a Bale Farmers Card program, farmers are able to redeem donated funds with local rural businesses such as supermarkets, chemists and service stations. In rural Australia these are essential services and purchasing groceries in suburban Brisbane , Sydney or Melbourne and trucking them is costly and damages rural businesses. The Farmers Card concept directly injects cash into rural towns.
The month of September is Great Outback BBQ month and according to Grahame Ryan of Frontier Services, “The BBQ concept is truly Australian and what better way than to help our farmers is to have a BBQ and donate a few bucks to get them through. Schools and many churches are organising fundraiser events so we’re hopeful we’ll reach our $250,000 target. We’re also holding two city Great Outback BBQs at Martin Place in Sydney and King George Square in Brisbane in September so all can buy a snag.”
According to Charles Alder coordinator of Buy a Bale the situation is becoming more critical by the day. “Banks are now hovering over previously viable properties, recent frosts have killed off any available feed and diesel tanks are running dry. Just today we heard from a farmer that is experiencing drought with over 60 other farmers in his immediate area all desperate for assistance. The situation is critical, drought is a winter and summer issue.”
If all Australians could just donate $20 each it would make a real difference.
Buy a Bale have delivered over 80,000 Bales in 2014 alone
Over 1100 farmers have registered for assistance
Buy a Bale website at www.buyabale.com.au/feedafarmer
Register to hold a Great Outback BBQ at www.greatoutbackbbq.com.au
Buy a Bale Co Ordinator
1300 448 322