With Aussie farmers facing one of the worst droughts in our history, Hope listeners have been asking how they can make a difference.
We’d love you to support one of the many appeals of established charity and welfare organisations listed below.
As believers we also know our prayers make a difference, so we encourage you to spend time praying – for a break in the drought, and for practical and emotional help to reach those in need.
Drought Appeals You Can Support
[PLEASE NOTE: Hope 103.2 is NOT accepting donations for drought relief on our own website. Please support charities using the links BELOW.]
Salvation Army – Rural Chaplains
The Salvation Army’s Rural Chaplains help farmers and rural workers in need. Funds raised will go towards emergency assistance, farming supplies, bills, household needs, as emotional and spiritual support. The Salvation Army is an internationally trusted Christian welfare agency.
Anglican Aid NSW Drought Appeal
The Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid Drought Relief Appeal helps families with stock feed, water for tanks, vouchers, visitation, community dinners, free labour and more, distributed through rural churches. “The funds provide connection to Christians who care enough to get involved in peoples’ lives,” say organisers. “Yes, the money helps. But the connection lasts much longer.”
Vinnies NSW & ACT Drought Appeals
The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia, or ‘Vinnnies’, is a welfare agency of the Catholic Church with over 60,000 members and volunteers helping people in need across Australia. Its NSW and ACT Drought Appeals are helping support farmers with food and emergency bills assistance, health-focussed community events, stock feed and more.
‘Buy a Bale’ Drive
The Buy a Bale drive raises funds that will go straight into water, hay bales and feed for sheep and cattle, fuel to transport it, and grocery hampers for families purchased through local supermarkets. Buy a Bale is an initiative of the charity Rural Aid Australia.
Drought Angels is a registered charity offering personalised support to farming families in Australia affected by droughts, floods and fires. They help with stock feed, household and financial assistance, emotional help, and referrals to other support networks. Drought Angels raises funds through donations, as well as sale of merchandise – such as hats, water bottles, beanies, hoodies, barbecue packs, cooler bags, and “Pray for Rain” t-shirts. They are also selling 2020 calendars through Best & Less stores across Australia.
Rural Aid Australia – Drought Appeal
Rural Aid Australia is a charity dedicated to helping farmers who suffer due to natural disasters. Funds will go towards hay and water for animals, family hampers for farmers, mental health counselling, and other initiatives. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. (Rural Aid Australia are also the founders of Buy a Bale and Holiday Hosts 4 Farmers.)
‘Holiday Hosts 4 Farmers’
The Holiday Hosts 4 Farmers appeal is also an initiative of Rural Aid Australia. Through this appeal, owners of properties in holiday locations can offer the use of their property for free, so that a farmer or family doing it tough can have a much-needed break.
‘Aussie Helpers’ Drought Relief
Aussie Helpers is a respected charity founded by former farmer and Australian of the Year nominee Brian Egan after his own struggle on the land and recovery from depression. Aussie Helpers is on the ground supporting farming families with necessities like hay, farming supplies and other services.
‘Need for Feed’ Fodder Drives
The Need for Feed drive is a Lions Clubs initiative founded in 2006 to support farmers and their communities in times of fire, drought and flood. They have become one of the nation’s biggest suppliers of emergency fodder and transport; in Victoria out-doing the efforts of the State Government and other agencies combined.