SchoolAid’s ‘Hay and Hampers for Hope’ drought campaign this week surpassed $140,000 in fundraising, with $60,000 of this already being put to work through local charities in drought-affected areas in Queensland and New South Wales.
The campaign is calling on 10,000 schools around Australia to donate $100 each, and in doing so raise $1 million to go towards hay for drought-affected livestock and hampers for farming families that are struggling with meeting their living expenses.
SchoolAid founder and CEO Sean Gordon said: “There’s been an incredibly generous response to this campaign; clearly the plight of family families who are dealing with drought has struck a chord with the wider community.
“While our focus remains on fundraising we are now also prioritising getting these funds into drought-affected communities so they can have an impact as soon as possible,” he said.
Local Rotary clubs and districts have been identified as the fastest and most effective means of distributing funds, as Rotary provides strong local infrastructure and expertise in mobilising projects.
To date more than $60,000 has been earmarked for distribution including:
$25,000 to Queensland Rotary district 9630, stretching from Redland Bay, south of the Brisbane River to Beenleigh, west to Charleville and south to St George
$20,000 to Lake Cargelligo Rotary in New South Wales
$17,000 to Corrimal Rotary in New South Wales
“Although the drought has dropped from the headlines it remains a daily reality for thousands of rural families,” Mr Gordon said.
“As we approach Christmas it’s important to remember that many rural families and kids will be doing it tough festive season, so please dig deep in the final few weeks of the campaign.”
Donations to the Hay and Hampers for Hope campaign can be made via the campaign website, with the campaign to close on Friday 7 December 2018.