Resources for Social Contentedness
Buy a Bale (Rural Aid)
In June 2013 after reading the plight of Queensland farmers who were destroying their cattle and some being forced off their land, Charles Alder found he needed to do something about this problem. Coming from a family committed to helping others Charles and wife Tracy decided they needed to find out how best they could help those in this terrible situation. After making calls to agriculture industry groups and speaking to others, and with a lifetime of experience in marketing, it was decided to create a fundraising program that explained exactly what Australians could do to help. Why not ask Australian’s to “Buy a Bale of Hay”. Through a number of business contacts, thank you Bartercard, an approach was made to Sunrise the Channel 7 morning program to participate in a hay drive. Since this hay drive in September 2013, the program has delivered over 160,000 bales of hay across 4 states. But the Buy a Bale program has become more than fodder. Today the Buy a Bale campaign is part of the charity Rural Aid, formed by Charles and Tracy to expand services and support to rural communities not only suffering through natural disasters but communities that need help remaining in existence, our rural communities are disappearing and need help. In one of the driest countries on the planet, there will always be farmers who need assistance feeding their animals. The Buy a Bale program will be here to provide that assistance. Read more about Rural Aid here or visit the Buy a Bale website.
Legal Aid - Farm and Rural Services
Lifeline Community Recovery
Queensland Country Women's Association (QCWA) Public Rural Crisis Fund
Born from the need to assist women and families during times of crisis, the Public Rural Crisis Fund has been an initiative of the Queensland Country Women’s Association since 1990. This fund not only supports families suffering from drought, flood or fire but is for all families experiencing any type of crisis.
The members of the QCWA are very proud to be able to offer this type of support to the women and their families suffering in this drought, an uncontrollable element of their daily lives. We are currently assisting farmers and their families with household support in every part of Queensland and approx. $300,000 has been spent each year to show our farmers we care and want to help. Our support is in the form of grocery vouchers, store credit or being able to pay some overdue accounts e.g. electricity, phone, doctor etc. Every dollar that is donated to us goes directly to those in need.
To apply for assistance please visit the QCWA website www.qcwa.org.au to download an application form. Or alternatively, please contact QCWA State Office on 07 3026 1220 for further assistance.
To donate to the PRCF please contact State Office directly on 07 3026 1220 or email email@example.com for further information. Every donation over $2.00 is tax deductible and the donor is supplied with an official receipt for their tax purposes.