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Donate to Help Australian Farmers

As the drought in Australia digs in, donate to help affected farming communities and families.

Across our sunburnt country, farming communities are fighting the growing and devastating impact of another severe drought in Australia. Every passing week without deep, watering rains becomes another week of despair.

You can help during this tough time. Donate to help Australian farmers now and lift the morale among farming families.‚Äč

Support Aussie Farmers

Funds raised through the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal will be used to enable short-term financial relief arising from drought affecting rural communities.

This may include supporting individual and household health and well-being by making financial support available to meet everyday household expenses as well as helping people access social, health and educational activities.

The funds will be distributed to drought-affected communities working with partner agencies who support and have identified at-risk individuals and families in the affected areas.

Please help our Aussie farmers and farming communities.

Australian Red Cross will commit 100 per cent of every dollar donated to help farming families and communities.

Photo courtesy Peter Small.

16 August: Appeal tally tops $6m
The total of funds raised by the appeal rose over the $6 million mark today, thanks to thousands of donations from everyday Australians as well as donations from companies and organisations. Funds are already being distributed by our partners in drought-affected communities and 100% of every dollar donated will reach farmers and farming families in need. Red Cross thanks all donors to the appeal for your generosity and support of Aussie farming communities.

15 August: Virgin supports appeal at airports and in the air
Virgin Australia Airlines has joined the effort to raise funds for drought-affected farming communities, with donation boxes for the Red Cross appeal at each of its counters in NSW, ACT and QLD for the month of August. Donations are also being collected on all flights travelling to or from airports on the eastern seaboard, so look out for them on your travels.

13 August: Appeal tally passes $4 million
Thanks to donations by people around the country, the Red Cross appeal has now raised $4.2m. Funds are already being distributed to our partners, Country Women's Association of NSW and Queensland Country Women's Association, to ensure they have the ability to meet the most urgent needs. Thank you for your generosity and support of Aussie farming communities.

13 August: ABC listeners donate $1.2m to support farmers
Promoted across all its channels over three days, the ABC Red Cross Appeal raised more than $1.2m to support Australian farmers. Director of ABC Regional & Local, Michael Mason, said the tally showed how generous Australians were in times of need. “We launched the appeal in direct response to listeners’ requests to help the farmers,” Mr Mason said. “We were hoping to raise at least half a million dollars on the day of the appeal but the level of support shown by our listeners has been overwhelming and I’d like to thank them for their enormous generosity.” Read more »

10 August: Partnership with Country Women’s Association of NSW
We’ve partnered with Country Women’s Association of New South Wales to deliver financial support in an effective and equitable way to farmers in drought-affected areas, helping to meet living expenses, such as grocery, petrol or medical bills and school fees. In keeping our commitment that 100% of every dollar donated will go to farming communities, we have released a large portion of the funds raised to CWA of NSW so they can start distributing them to people who need it.  

Country Women’s Association of NSW has a long-standing presence working across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, and is uniquely placed to assess the needs of those suffering from the effects of the drought in the areas in which it works.

10 August: Partnership with Queensland Country Women’s Association
We’ve partnered with Queensland Country Women’s Association to deliver financial support in an effective and equitable way to farmers in drought-affected areas, helping to meet living expenses, such as grocery, petrol or medical bills and school fees.

Queensland Country Women’s Association has a long-standing presence working across Queensland, and is uniquely placed to assess the needs of those suffering from the effects of the drought in the areas in which it works.

9 August: Passing the $1m mark
Thanks to your donations, our appeal total has reached over $1 million! This is in addition to the $1.75m committed by Commonwealth Bank. Thank you for your generosity and support of Aussie farming communities.

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About the appeal

By phone
Donations can be made with a credit card by phoning 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276) from 9am to 5pm AEDT.

By mail
You can send a cheque or money order payable to 'Australian Red Cross' to:
Australian Red Cross, Supporter Services Centre
GPO Box 2957, Melbourne VIC 3001
Please include a note to specify your donation is for Disaster Relief & Recovery: Drought.

In person
Donations can be made over the counter at any branch of Commonwealth Bank. Find a branch near you.

Donations can be made over the counter at any Australia Post post office. Find a post office near you.

Donations can be made at Virgin Australia Airline counters at airports in NSW, ACT and QLD, and on board flights to or from airports on the eastern seaboard.

Donations can be made at the register at all Costco warehouses until 20 August. Find Costco near you.

Donations can be made in person following all performances at Sydney Opera House for one week from August 15.

By app
CommBank customers can donate directly to the Red Cross appeal in the CommBank app.

All donations over $2 to Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal are tax-deductible.

Funds raised by the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal will be used to alleviate financial pressures and support the health and well-being of severely drought-affected farmers, farming families and farming communities. Financial support will be made available to meet everyday household expenses, as well as enabling access to social, health and educational activities.

We are currently finalising local partners around the country to reduce red tape and maintain the dignity of people who are likely to find asking for help difficult.
 
All partners will be made public in line with requirements of reporting, accountability and transparency. Our appeal will give us the means to tell our local partners we can help meet the needs of drought-affected people who have come to them for help.

100% of every dollar donated will help farming families and communities. No Red Cross resources will be funded from the appeal.

In NSW we have partnered with Country Women’s Association of NSW to ensure funds get to where they are needed most. As a first step, register with CWA of NSW here »

In Queensland we have partnered with Queensland Country Women’s Association to ensure funds get to where they are needed most. As a first step, register with QCWA here »

We will announce partnerships in other states as they are confirmed.

Tips for taking care of yourself and advice on how to help others when there’s a crisis. Learn more »

Yes! You can help during this tough time. Hold a fundraising event in your community or workplace, whether that's a morning tea, a casual Friday or anything else you like. Register to fundraise now and lift the morale among farming families. Learn more »

Red Cross understands people may have a strong desire to donate items. While this generosity is appreciated, our experience has shown that affected communities recover sooner when they can make their own choices. This includes choosing and purchasing goods rather than being given goods.

Another benefit of allowing those affected to choose their own purchases is that money is being put back into the community to stimulate local businesses, an important part of the local economic recovery.

Red Cross is unable to accept offers of goods such as food and clothing; however, we appreciate and accept donations of clothing through our Red Cross Shops network to support the broader everyday work of Red Cross. To find out what the needs are across Australia, contact your local Red Cross Shop.