Australian charity Aussie Helpers has launched a unique program to provide dual relief for flood-devastated graziers in north-west Queensland and drought-affected farmers in New South Wales.
The 'Australia Buy a Cow' program helps graziers in north-west Queensland who are facing massive stock losses of up to 300,000 head of cattle and financial losses estimated at $300 million after the disastrous January 2019 floods.
The program aims to raise $5 million to help re-stock some of the worst hit properties in Queensland while also giving drought-hit farmers in NSW the chance to sell their cattle and open up cash-flow opportunities.
Aussie Helpers founder Brian Egan said the initiative is designed to purchase some 5,000 head of cattle to give as many farmers as possible a ray of hope amid their heartbreak.
"Aussie Helpers has been assisting many of these Queensland outback farming families for years through the prolonged drought, and we have seen their desperate plight in trying to feed drought-stricken stock," said Mr Egan.
"Now, after all of this hard and unforgiving work, these families have been king hit by losing a great percentage of their livestock to floods. To make matters worse, we still have farmers in NSW struggling to feed their stock due to the ongoing drought there.
"Through the 'Australia Buy A Cow' program, we are hoping to provide support to both by helping Queensland graziers to partially re-stock while providing a cash flow to NSW farmers who need to sell their cattle because of feed shortages.
"Not only will this allow them to stay in business but it will provide some hope for better days ahead, improving their mental health," he said.
Aussie Helpers has kicked off the 'Australia Buy a Cow' campaign by contributing half a million dollars.
All donations can be made through our dedicated web page – www.australiabuyacow.com
All funds donated will go to the purchasing and transport of livestock to the affected properties. Aussie Helpers will cover administration costs and advertising.
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