As most of us live in the city and don't see the effects of the drought on a daily basis, it's easy to block it out and pretend it isn’t happening, but believe us, this is real.
Anyone who knows us knows that we love to travel and spend a lot of time in the outback and have seen first-hand the effect this drought is having on our beautiful country and its people. During our travels we've spoken to those affected and it's heartbreaking to hear stories of no rain or no feed for their stock, having to destroy, sell or give away stock and working dogs .... not to mention the impact this all has on one's mental state of mind. Farmers are having to resort to letting their cattle graze on the side of the road as they are literally starving as they have no feed or the owners simply cannot afford to feed them.
We personally have family living on the land and they too are suffering. It really is far worse than most people realise. It's great that this has been in the media lately and people are starting to take notice and actually try to do something about it, our only hope is that this isn't just a fad and that people do continue donating and helping those in need.
We personally donate to various charities, but this particular one, Rural Aid, provides a holistic support program to rural Australia. They run the “Buy a Bale” campaign, in which donations help purchase and distribute fodder, hampers and more. They also run other programs such as Farm Rescue, Weekend Warriors, The Farm Army, all of which do a great deal to help our struggling farmers.
These rural communities need our support and anything that you can give, whether its $2, $20 or $200, would be greatly appreciated. We all need to stick together and support each other through these tough times.
George & Shelly
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