Currently 99% of New South Wales are experiencing drought conditions with swathes of Queensland, managing up to seven years of drought and below average rainfall creating a natural disaster. Parts of Victoria and South Australia are also experiencing extreme dry conditions. Farmers are struggling to feed sheep and cattle, and keep crops alive. Families on the land are suffering and they need our help.
Rotary Club of Southbank is administering the 2018 Drought Relief Fund project on behalf of the National Farmers Federation and supported by Channel 9. It was launched on Channel 9's Today Show by hosts Georgie Gardner and Karl Stefanovic and Ms Simson of the NFF. Channel 9 has massive reach across urban and regional Australia, with funds passing $1.4 million in the first weekend.
Where does the money go?
The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) is the peak body representing Australian agriculture and will distribute the donations, with 100% of funds collected covering a large gambit of needs currently being experienced by farmers, including fodder and water shortages; help with everyday living expenses and access to health and financial support services.
As a registered charitable organisation, RAWCS will collect and administer the donations, the NFF will then direct funding to the relief organisations best placed to make an impact for farmers on the ground.
Corporate support and in-kind donations
The 2018 Drought Relief Fund will be promoted across Channel 9's national programming spanning news, sport and entertainment as well as on social media and the Today Show.
Frequently Asked Questions
Channel 9 are paying for the relief fund phone hotlines, currently totalling $30,000
RAWCS are waiving all admin fees on donations: projected $200,000
CBA has waived all bank fees on donations: projected $150,000
Families on the land are suffering and they need our help. 100% of donations goes to the emergency relief fund for farmers and is tax deductible via Rotary and RAWCS. Every dollar counts.