Care Outreach, as an extension of our existing work to families and communities in rural and remote Australia, have continued their Drought Appeal.
Care Outreach, is offering a helping hand to Queensland farmers who are suffering from the effects of severe drought. Our current focus is on organising deliveries of food supplies and animal feed (dog food and stock feed) to struggling farming families in south-western Queensland, particularly through the severely affected extended regions of St George, Mitchell, Charleville, Bollon, Cunnamulla and all areas surrounding.
In addition to the disadvantage farmers face through isolation, limited access to government/community services and benefits, and higher costs of living, they are now facing extreme drought. Care Outreach has a team of dedicated volunteers who work hard to provide assistance and support to farmers.
As the drought continues, there is urgent need. Farmers are struggling financially with the increased electricity costs involved with pumping water to stock troughs and the increasing costs of purchasing feed to keep their stock alive. Having to reduce stock numbers due to the lack of feed and water available also means a loss in ability to produce income. These factors in combination with a reduction in stock prices are causing financial and emotional distress.
“Prior to Christmas, many farmers had to choose between keeping their breeding stock alive or trying to raise the new calves and lambs. Now, some are facing whether to feed themselves or their stock. The mental anguish of facing these circumstances is causing many farmers to be discouraged, and there has been a marked increase in the number of suicides. We have recently heard from two ladies on a property that heard a gunshot. Their immediate thought was ‘Who was it this time?’. Fortunately, this time, it was only a snake and not a suicide”, said Founder, Bill Close, “We are seeking donations to provide these families with some assistance and hope, whether it be food hampers or stock feed.”
Care Outreach is seeking monetary donations, which are tax-deductible. Alternately, Care Outreach is accepting donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries. Donations of petrol vouchers are highly appreciated by the volunteers to help cover their travel expenses. With public support, Care Outreach is able to provide some hope in a time of immediate and urgent need for many farmers.
All donations will be processed and distributed from our Head Office at 2/35 Dacmar Rd, Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast in Qld.
Disaster Assistance bank details
Care Outreach Ltd
Bank – Westpac
BSB 034 279 Account Number 273 107
To help with receipting please use your surname as the reference. If you have not donated before or have not received your receipt please notify the office of your name and email/or address, by either email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 5471 7636
Credit Card donations can be made directly over the phone, if that is your preferred method.
Non-perishable food items are our greatest need. Practical everyday pantry items are needed to fill our bulk loads being delivered into communities throughout western Qld.
We welcome large and bulk (pallet) donations from businesses and companies.
Preferred items include
Cereal, Pasta & Pasta Sauce, Rice, Tinned Vegies, Fruit, Baked Beans & Spaghetti, Fish, Soups etc, Baking Ingredients – Flour, Sugars, Dried Fruits, Tea & Coffee, Spreads & Condiments, Biscuits
Toiletry Lines – Shampoo & Conditioner, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodorants, Hand Cream, Body wash & Shower Gels and Hand Wash etc.