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Clearer Roads Ahead

As we bumped along the dusty drive, we glanced back at the lone farmer’s raised hand. Our Farmer Support Team had heard another heartbreaking tale of devastation, grief, and despair. Hardworking folk who at times felt more hopeless than hopeful. We shared in their adversity, respected their resilience, and were reminded of our purpose: to provide relief to Australian farmers.

To date, Drought Angels have supported 4,650 primary producers in over 1,300 Australian communities. Our Angels on the Road visit farms, handing out tangible assistance in the form of food hampers and visa cards. Importantly, they lend a listening ear, understanding farmers have one of the highest suicide rates in the Australian workforce.

In 2022, Drought Angels supported producers in southern Queensland who copped significant flooding, watching in anguish as stock and homes washed away. We helped farmers across central Queensland battling the effects of drought, wondering how they’ll provide for families in the coming months. Looking back through the rear-view mirror on the year that was, it’s hard to see anything but the dust. Dry paddocks, burst dams, mouse plagues, ever-piling farm bills, damaged machinery. We know the reality that for many, the dust won’t settle for some time.

Drought Angels is a charitable delivery vehicle running on generous community spirits. We distribute donations of money and gifts on behalf of our sponsors, donors, Angel Funraisers, and volunteers. We enjoy the privilege of seeing farmers’ faces light up, and get the honour of hearing humble words of thanks.

Looking forward over the bonnet into 2023, we’re hopeful for a productive – rather than destructive – season ahead for our QLD producers. As much as we’re here to listen to the past, we’re also here to help move farmers into the future. If you’re a producer in need, our channel is always open, just pick up the phone and reach out: 07 4665 7371. There will be clearer roads ahead.

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Written by Carling Reid, Withasee

Published in Queensland Country Life 5 January 2023.