7 December 2017
“…the next time I think of reaching for the rope I’ll reach for the phone instead. now that I know you’re there”
(farmers name withheld)
Drought Angels has heard this too many times in the last 3 ½ years since its’ inception. This is the impact that providing basic groceries, stockfeed, fresh produce vouchers and emotional support means to our farming families.
Natasha Johnston and Nicki Stansbie had no idea of the impression they were leaving on families until they started receiving these types of responses. Our website details many of the Thank you letters that they have received and this is what spurred them on to publicly register Drought Angels Ltd as a not for profit charity last year (previously auspiced by Chinchilla Family Support Center).
In May 2017 Queensland Drought Declarations hit the highest recorded level with 93% of the state effected by drought. Cyclone Debbie provided some relief to the coastline communities reducing the declarations to over 80% but unfortunately for our western districts it did not help. Mental Health and Suicide is on the rise again as families are now in their 5th
year of severe Drought and just cannot take anymore.
Our level of support consists of providing Hay, Stockfeed, Food Hampers, Toiletry packs, Pre-paid visa’s, local store vouchers and fresh produce. We also organise approximately 4 Hay Days per year. We invite farming families to join us for the day, this is their time to engage and connect with neighbours and friends and to forget for just a few hours about the farm and how they are going to get through another day. We offer lunch, dinner and entertainment at no cost for the families and our team of approximately 30 volunteers who attend these days with us, all share the Drought Angels passion to help.
Drought Angels also supports the towns and businesses as these are the back bone to their community. All vouchers, stockfeed and fresh produce is sourced, whenever possible, from within the local community that we are assisting.
Some of the support we have given over the past 3 ½ years is:
• Held 11 Hay Days throughout Queensland supporting over 500 farming families with support, such as Boulia, Thargomindah, Isisford, Winton, Mitchell etc
• Supported 400 families on an individual basis
• Supported local community gatherings with food, gifts and funding so families can attend days for free.
• Provided every home in the town of Ilfracombe with a Water Pod when the town ran out of water.
• Over 1 million dollars has been raised and distributed to our farmers
Drought Angels relies solely on corporate and public donations as we receive no government funding. Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Should you need further information please contact us.