Donating to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale is helping not only farmers but also their communities.
The Buy a Bale 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 Buy a Bale’s drought assistance campaign have a four-fold effect:
1. Some hay is donated and some is purchased to feed hay farmers and their family.
2. Some truckies are donating their time and diesel, some loads are purchased to feed truckies and their families.
3. Donations towards the Farmers card inject immediate cash into the rural towns.
4. Finally, the hay Buy a Bale delivers saves farmers cash that they can spend on other items.
$20 buys a small bale of hay and helps transport it to the affected areas
$60 buys 3 x $20 gift cards to help put food on the table
$100 buys a large bale of hay
$500 buys 5 large bales of hay
$1000 buys 10 large bales of hay
$5700 buys a single-trailer load of hay
$9500 buys a semi-trailer load of hay and transport to an affected area (up to 900 km)
In June 2013 after reading the plight of Queensland farmers who were destroying their cattle and some being forced off their land, Charles Alder and his wife Tracy found he needed to do something about this problem.
After making calls to agriculture industry groups and numerous discussions, a fundraising program came to fruition. Since September 2013, the program has delivered over 160,000 bales of hay across 4 states.
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 are thousands of farmers who need assistance feeding their animals.
If you can help by donating, Buy a Bale will see that Australian farmers receive all the support they need in this tough time.