How can you help people affected by the drought?
News of the Aussie drought is everywhere at the moment. It can feel overwhelming, and as if there’s nothing you can do to help. But there are heaps of ways to show your support for people affected by the drought. Check out our suggestions below.
Donating cash to a registered charity is one of the best ways to show your support.
A really great option is GIVIT, where 100% of the money goes to affected communities.
Sticking to a registered charity, rather than sending money directly to someone affected by drought, helps to avoid causing problems like jealousy and guilt in rural communities. Donating money also means that $$ are pumped back into local communities, while things like food hampers and bales of hay take money away from rural towns.
If you’re feeling inspired and want to get other people in your community involved, you could organise your very own fundraising event. There are the good ol’ faithfuls like cake stalls, sausage sizzles and fun runs. You could also try to brainstorm something more creative with a bunch of mates. Check out this list for some fresh ideas.
If you’ve got family or friends living in the country, give them a call to let them know you’re thinking of them. Feeling supported and connected can make a big difference when times are tough.
Volunteering is a great way to help out, learn more about people’s experiences and lift community spirit. Sign up to the Farm Army to link up with farmers who need an extra pair of hands.
There are heaps of super-friendly country towns in Australia – and they’re in need of a little extra love atm. The drought has taken a big toll on rural Aussies, and that means less money pumping through rural towns. That’s where you can help out. Plan your next weekend getaway in a country town so that your holiday splurges help a good cause.
Check out this list for some holiday inspo.
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What can you do now?
- Check out our tips for coping with stress from the drought.
- Find out what support services are available to help people with stress from the drought.
- Read Emma's story of the drought and how community spirit helps her to cope.