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“Buy a Bale” to Support Rural Communities

The dire flood crisis continuing to grip communities has prompted the relaunch of Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale rescue campaign this Christmas.

By Steff WillisTuesday 13 Dec 2022Social JusticeReading Time: 2 minutes

This Christmas, “Buy A Bale” and give the gift of hope to Aussie farmers who are struggling.

Thousands of rural families face a bleak festive season, with recovery from what has been deemed Australia’s most expensive flood event hampered by ongoing rain across the more than 130 local government areas already declared disaster zones.

Rural Aid has now made an urgent plea for donations through the Buy a Bale program, which first came to prominence when it raised $100 million for drought-affected farmers between 2015 and 2020.

Rural Aid CEO, John Warlters, said the scale of this disaster made it necessary to bring Buy a Bale back.

“These floods have had unprecedented impact on rural Australians – families are losing their homes and livelihoods and entire towns are being wiped out,” Mr Warlters said.

“Hay supplies are running out and stranded animals are drowning and starving. Crops are rotting in the ground.

“It’s time to bring Buy a Bale back, not only to provide much-needed fodder deliveries, but also to offer financial assistance, clean drinking water, volunteer and counselling support to Aussie farming families facing this crisis.”

Four sheep huddle together surrounded by floodwaters

Four sheep huddle together surrounded by floodwaters (Source: Rural Aid)

Deniliquin farmer and Rural Aid board member, Airlie Landale, said the floods have been catastrophic.

“It feels wrong to be speaking about too much rain, but these floods have taken a toll on so many,” Ms Landale said.

“Farmers have lost thousands upon thousands of hectares of crop, producers have lost livestock, fences and their homes, and rural communities and businesses have been isolated and inundated with water.

“It will take months – if not years – for people to recover, but I know the strength and resilience of our rural people will once again shine though.”

All donations received by Rural Aid ensure the ongoing provision of critical economic and empathetic assistance to farmers, including the expansion of their national mental health and wellbeing program.

To support Rural Aid or make a donation go to: www.buyabale.com.au

Feature Image: Rural Aid Facebook