Founders - Rural Aid - Supporting Rural Communities

Tracy and Charles Alder

Rural Aid Australia was founded by Tracy and Charles Alder in 2015 following the highly-successful Buy a Bale fundraising campaign.
The campaign began when the Alders heard about farmers in western Queensland who could no longer feed their cattle. Tracy and Charles launched the highly successful Buy a Bale campaign as a call out to all Australians to buy fodder for struggling farmers.

The Alders’ commitment to farmers and their families has led to the establishment of a range of essential support services for rural communities.

“It was exciting and I loved the people, the staff and the farmers,” Mrs Alder said. “We’ve helped thousands of people across Australia. At best we would have saved some human lives and at the very least we gave people some hope.”

Source: Mandurah Mail, 26 June 2020.


“I wanted to take the time to write to sincerely thank you for your drought assistance. The gift cards that you sent were very much appreciated. As we are about to go into 8 years of drought with minimal to no useful rain in the past 2 years, things have been extremely difficult and it is also difficult to express how much the assistance / support is appreciated. Please pass on my sincere thank you to the citizens and businesses that have contributed to Rural Aid.”

Ray Bennett

“Very much appreciated and very helpful. Cannot tell you how much this helps with trying to maintain our breeding ewes as we go into winter.

Barry and Helen

“Words can’t express our gratitude for the support of ‘Rural Aid’, something we have never considered before. We have always ‘got by’, but our family suggested we apply for this. We are overwhelmed by this generosity, thanks again.”

June and Darryl Joe Kong

“We just want to say a big thank you for the financial assistance that Rural Aid has recently given. We are extremely grateful and it certainly does make a difference.”

Sally Archibald