Drought Relief Appeal raises $10.1 million

The National Farmers’ Federation has now committed 100 per cent of the Drought Relief Fund donations to worthy charities actively supporting farmers.

The final $1,867,400 will be distributed to the Western Queensland Drought Committee (for farmers and small businesses), 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.”

Here's where the last of your generous drought appeal donations are headed! #9Today

Posted by TODAY on Sunday, 17 February 2019

A staggering $10.1 million was raised to support drought-affected farmers since the Fund launched on 2 August. The Fund was run as a partnership between Channel 9, Rotary Australia World Community Service and the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF).

The NFF was responsible for directing where money was spent to ensure it had maximum impact on the ground.

“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.

“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.”

With 100% of these funds now out the door, we can reveal the final tally of which charities benefited from the community’s generosity.

NFF Drought Relief Fund – final payment breakdown

Recipient Amount
Lions Club Need 4 Feed $1,000,000
Drought Angels (QLD) $500,000
Salvation Army (via NSW Farmers) $250,000
Salvation Army $1,500,000
St Vincent de Paul $1,000,000
St Vincent de Paul (QLD) $500,000
CWA of NSW $700,000
Queensland CWA $700,000
CWA or Victoria $27,450
CWA of South Australia $27,450
Eyre Peninsula Charity Trust $100,000
Blaze Aid $500,000
University of Canberra Mental Health Unit $32,600
Rapid Relief Team (RRT) $250,000
GIVIT $250,000
Western Queensland Drought Committee (Farmers) $300,000
Western Queensland Drought Committee (small business) $112,500
Rotary Project 59 (District 9630) $250,000
Rotary Project 46 (District 9570) $250,000
Rotary Project 2/2018-19 (District 9650) $250,000
Rotary Project 18/2018-19 (Rotary Club of Narrabri, Neighbours in Need) $100,000
Rotary Project 28/2018-19 (District 9800) $250,000
Rotary Project 33/2018-19 (District 9670) $250,000
Rotary Project 37/2018-19 (District 9550) $250,000
Rotary Project 59/2013-14 (District 9630) (2nd application) $250,000
Rotary Project 46/2013-14 (District 9570)(2nd application) $250,000
Rotary Project 38/2018-19 (Districts 9700/D9710) $250,000
TOTAL $10,100,000

Where you can access support

The NFF Drought Relief Fund has now disbursed 100% the donations generously given by the Australian public.

Are you a farmer looking to access drought relief? For more information on the Drought Relief Fund click here.

Contact details for each of the charities above can be found on our new FarmHub website.

FarmHub is the largest directory of farmer assistance options, from both private and government sources.



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