Tracy and Charles Alder founded Rural Aid in 2015 on the back of the very successful Buy a Bale drought fundraising campaign. Started in 2013 as a way to ask Australian’s to help buy fodder, Buy a Bale is now a recognised name Australia wide in rural support programs. Both city dwellers, the Buy a Bale concept and subsequent Rural Aid charity was inspired by a story in a weekend newspaper of farmers in western Queensland having to shoot their cattle as they couldn’t go on feeding. Tracy and Charles read the article and decided to act. After finding out what farmers needed it was just a matter of finding a way Australians could help. So the Buy a Bale program began.
Today, the charity Rural Aid offers a range of support services to rural Australia. Charles and Tracy’s passion to help people inspired the Farm Rescue program and Farm Army volunteer program. Thousands of people have now registered to be a part of this growing force of volunteers, passionate about our farmers and helping them through tough times. This passion to help has now led to the creation of the Gift of Music program giving the joy of music to those in the bush and most recently the creation of a unique mental health support program tailored to rural environments.