Rural Aid was founded in 2015 to provide a holistic support program to rural Australia. The starting point for the charity was the success of the Buy a Bale campaign, which to date has received over $30 million in donations and distributed this through fodder, hampers and more. We understand the needs of our primary producers and aim to lend a helping hand when times are tough.
In 2018 Rural Aid launched a mental health counselling program deploying counsellors across drought affected areas to help alleviate stress and help manage natural disaster situations. Today our counsellors conduct hundreds of calls each week and regular farm visits.
We run a number of rural support initiatives, read about them below.
Supporting Aussie farmers and rural communities throughout Australia. This drought appeal campaign is providing meaningful support for farmers by delivering hay and other essential items to farmers who have no feed left for their cattle.
All donations to our drought assistance campaign have a four fold effect. Some hay is donated, some we buy, so we’re feeding a hay farmer and his family. Some of our truckies are donating their time and diesel, some loads we’re paying for, so we’re feeding truckies and their families. Donations towards our Farmers card inject immediate cash into the rural towns, city cash going bush. Finally what hay we deliver saves farmers cash that they can continue to spend on other items.Australia, donating to Buy a Bale is helping not just farmers but their communities and so many more people.
Farm Rescue is proudly brought to you by the team at Rural Aid Australia. At Rural Aid we believe in providing support to not only rural communities but also other organisations who provide assistance to these same communities.
Rural Aid encompasses a number of support initiatives including the Buy a Bale Program, Farm Army, Farm Rescue, Under the Stars and more. A full list of our programs can be seen here.
Our organisation is the sum of donors, volunteers, corporate and our wonderful staff who each week strive to provide the best form of assistance to those in most need in rural Australia.
In many rural areas, it’s almost impossible to find people with trades that will drive the distances to do work. At the same time there are tens of thousands of grey nomads, holiday makers, trades on holiday, even backpackers who have skills that are willing to help but just don’t know where their help could be best put to use.
The Farm Army is now over 6000 people strong with volunteers registered from all over the world to help out of rural communities. Each week thousands of farm job emails are distributed to those who have registered.