I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!
From My Country by Dorothea Mackeller
Sadly, Australians are no strangers to drought or natural disaster for that matter. Drought, floods, bushfires and cyclones, are part of the Australian experience. While natural disasters are always a challenge and often a tragedy, they are a key factor in the strength of the “Aussie Spirit”. When disaster strikes, Australians band together to help their “mates” and get them back on their feet.
True to that Aussie spirit, the Australian community is reaching out to help the communities struggling with the effects of the drought. But it can be difficult to know which organisation to support. What do the people requiring help actually need? Which organisation will make the best use of my money?
In her article ‘Drought relief: The dos and don’ts of helping Australian farmers and rural communities with donations’, Rachel Carbonell suggests to:
- Give in a way that will ensure the aid is distributed equally to all those in need rather than giving to one hard luck story featured in the media.
- Give to a registered charity that has the reputation and experience to care for the needs of the community.
- Give gift cards or cash rather than goods so your donation also supports the local business community.
To assist communities who are doing it tough, please consider donating to these reputable, registered organisations:
Australian Red Cross – Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal will be used to enable short-term financial relief for families affected by the drought. This aid will help them with everyday household expenses and access to social, health and educational activities. Click here to donate
Rural Aid – Rural Aid are assisting in a number of practical ways including Buy a Bale of Hay where donations are used to purchase and distribute hay to farms without feed. They also offer programs where volunteers can give time and energy to assist farmers with jobs that need doing. Click here to donate
Drought Angels – Drought Angels provide personalised assistance such as food hampers, care packs, prepaid visas, local store vouchers and stock feed. Click here to donate
Aussie Helpers – Aussie Helpers offer farmers a variety of assistance packages, but they also provide assistance for people wishing to volunteer or organise a fundraising campaign in their own community. Click here to donate
Lions Need For Feed – This Lions project provides fodder and non-perishable goods for families. They will accept donations of money or goods. Click here to donate
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal – Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal distributes philanthropic funding in the form of grants to local not-for-profit groups for activities and services that address the most pressing needs. Click here to donate
Salvation Army – The Salvation Army are renowned for providing practical aide in times of crisis, but they also care for the well-being and mental health of the people involved. Click here to donate
Rotary Australia & Channel 9 – Channel 9 have conducted a major telethon to support the drought relief work of Rotary Australia. To date they have raised over $8.46m. Click here to donate
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