Australian Red Cross extends its heartfelt gratitude to the thousands of Australians who have generously donated to help farmers, their families and communities affected by the serious drought.
To all those who have already and continue to donate to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal “Help Aussie Farmers”, I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Judy Slatyer, CEO, Australian Red Cross.
“I’d also like to extend an enormous thank you to everyone at the ABC, for the hugely successful ABC Red Cross Appeal over the past three days, promoted across all channels, raising more than $1.2 million to support Australian farmers as they cope with this terrible drought.
“Many donors have told us moving stories, reinforcing the strong connection between Australians living in urban areas and farmers working on the land.
“This is one of the worst droughts on record in some areas of the country and what’s making it even tougher is that there is no end in sight.
“Our Red Cross volunteers are telling us that the appeal and other support being provided by so many generous Australians is giving the famers a real emotional lift.
“It’s going to be a long hard road ahead for farmers and their communities. People can still donate and 100 per cent of all donations are going to severely-drought affected farmers,” Ms Slayer said.
Director of ABC Regional & Local, Michael Mason, said today’s 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.”
The Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal “Help Aussie Farmers” is open for the month of August.
People can make a secure online donation at redcross.org.au or make a donation via credit card by phoning 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276).
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