Primary producers and their families invited along for a cuppa
When three road trains full of fodder arrive in between Mitchell and Mungallala next week during Queensland Mental Health Week, farming families still experiencing the effects of drought will be invited to come together for a cuppa.
Sponsored by Bushells, the catch (Wednesday, 14 October) is hosted by Rural Aid as a way to bring neighbours and communities together, and celebrate the ladies on the land ahead of Rural Women’s Day (Thursday, 15 October).
CEO of Rural Aid, John Warlters, said that while many drought-stricken parts of Australia have received rain this year, this district has had a prolonged exposure to drought.
“Farms between Mitchell and Mungallala have had a spot of sporadic rain here and there, but make no mistake, they’re doing it tough in what is best described as a green drought,” Mr Warlters explained.
“It’s a region that has experienced prolonged drought conditions, and the longer they drag on, the more devastating the impact financially, socially, psychologically.
“A recovery from drought isn’t instantaneous, it’s gradual and it only begins once the drought breaks. And there’s the roll-on effect in agricultural communities experiencing drought on local businesses, schools and community infrastructure and social events.”
Farmers from Mitchell to Mungallala and in between are invited to a morning tea brought to them by Bushells.
Rural Aid will be completing a fodder drop between Mitchell and Mungallala on Wednesday 14 October at 10am and farmers collecting hay as well as those in the broader region are welcome to enjoy a cuppa together.
The casual catch up will be a small celebration of the women who are crucial to agricultural enterprises and rural communities, with Rural Women’s Day the following day.
“No need to RSVP, just turn up and enjoy each other’s company,” Mr Warlters said.
About Rural Aid
Rural Aid is one of Australia’s largest rural charities. Well known for the highly successful ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign, the charity also provides financial assistance, water and counselling to farmers in times of drought, flood or fire. Other initiatives support its vision that farming and rural communities are safeguarded to ensure their sustainability both during and after these natural disasters. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au for further information on these programs and other support for our rural communities.
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