Longreach Drought Relief

The farmers from the Central Western Queensland area of Longreach have suffered through a 2 year drought which has had a huge impact on the town and its residents.  The Warwick RRT heard about the plight of the Longreach farmers through another Warwick organisation the Community Disaster Relief Van (CDRV).  Inspired by a road trip to the area, the CDRV began raising awareness of their hardship and collecting donations including food packs for the farmers and their families

Warwick RRT assembling the food packs.

Warwick RRT assembling the food packs.

When RRT heard about the relief effort they immediately began investigating ways in which they could help out.  As the farmers are struggling financially, they are reducing the number of trips they take into town as it costs so much. Therefore they are going without some food items and instead living off what they can produce themselves.  They have been unable to sell stock to raise funds as the animals are in such a poor state that they would not be able to withstand travel.

We   began purchasing good quality food items and a small team of  volunteers packed some 30 boxes which were donated to the CDRV who then distributed them to the families in need.

Completed Food Packs

Completed Food Packs

The packs included small luxuries that the families are doing without in these hard times.  The boxes were packed with care to ensure they would survive the 1133km journey from Warwick to Longreach.

Delivery of the packs to the Community Disaster Relief Van

Delivery of the packs to the Community Disaster Relief Van

The RRT was pleased to be able to help the CDRV in their endeavour to make a difference to the lives of those enduring terrible hardship and are ready and looking forward to assisting the CDRV with their next two deliveries.

7 thoughts on “Longreach Drought Relief”

  1. Denise Pilgrim says:

    We don’t know about a drought in our area. I should be more thankful of what we have. Keep up the good testimony RRT..
    From Easy in Canada

  2. Me,MYSELF AND I says:

    bet those farmers were glad
    🙂
    10 out of 10

  3. imBrea says:

    poor farmers doing it tough again! well done RRT!

  4. friends from Feilding says:

    watching the updates with keen interest. going the extra mile to bring a smile. Thanks to RRT

  5. Granny says:

    This is real relief in times of need. Has there been any feedback from the farmers? Will you need to do it again?
    We hardly know what real drought is in the UK.

    1. An Aussie... says:

      Hello Granny,

      Check this out – esp the 32 month image… http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/drought/. Hope and pray that the drought breaks soon!

    2. RRT QLD says:

      I have just heard we about to get together another shipment for longreach! 🙂

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