A total of $10.1 million is now making a difference to the lives of drought affected farmers, thanks to the 2018 Drought Relief Appeal and the generosity of Australians.
Organised by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), Channel 9 and Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), the money raised has gone towards livestock fodder, everyday living expenses and access to health services.
The final allocation of the Appeal funds, $1,867,000 was distributed to the Western Queensland Drought Committee, Blaze Aid, St Vincent de Paul, Drought Angels and the CWA.
"These organisations, along with many other who received funding in previous distribution rounds, have done a fantastic job at delivering much needed aid straight to the doorsteps of struggling farmers, their families and communities," NFF CEO Tony Mahar said.
"This aid has come in the form of grocery and fuel vouchers, assistance with household expenses, mental health services, volunteer workers, and importantly - feed and fodder for livestock."
Overall $10.1 million was raised through generous donations from the Australian public.
"The drought is still biting in many parts of Australia and our farmers are incredibly grateful and the support from the Australian public to get them through these times of hardship," Mr Mahar said.
Despite the devastating floods and the resulting emergency in the northwest regions of Queensland, in many places the drought has not broken.
"The far west and south of Queensland missed out on the rain and are still dealing with the effects of the worst drought in living memory.
"Meanwhile 100 per cent of NSW is still declared as drought affected with 24% of the state suffering from "intense drought" conditions," he said.
The NFF would like to thank The TODAY Show and Rotary Australia for helping make the Drought Relief Appeal the great success that it is.
"We would like to thank everyone who donated their hard-earned money. Every cent is very much appreciated and has been put to good use by the incredible charities, who we would also like to extend a huge thanks to also," Mr Mahar said.