During the first week of December 2014, Buy a Bale, Frontier Services and tradies from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Mackay boarded the farm rescue bus for a 6 hour ride to Mitchell in Central South West Queensland.
This area is currently experiencing one of its worst droughts on record with some properties not having received any substantial falls for over 2 years.
With 18 tradespeople working across 25 properties all manner of jobs were completed for the farmers. From painting, to a new roof on a shed, to fixing tractors and motorbikes and water pumps and chainsaws and cars and dozers, the tradies had a ball and walked away knowing that their little bit of help made a huge difference to the farmers on the land.
Many of the farmers were skeptical when first asked about participating in the Farm Rescue but soon realised when our volunteers turned up that they were there to make a difference not just to have a holiday.
Firm friendships developed over the course of the week and cemented at the Farm Rescue concert which had over 150 people turn up to listen to Sara Storer play for us. Many of the tradies have kept in contact with those they helped with several already making the trip back out prior to christmas.