The first ever national Buy a Bale Day will be held next week on 25 March.
Ray White offices across Australia, in city and country, will open their doors to the community to collect donations for bales of hay for farmers in need.
Vast numbers of Queensland and New South Wales farmers continue to suffer through a crippling drought, and this initiative intends to raise enough bales to get affecting families through the coming winter.
Over the last 16 months, Australians have given $2 million through Buy a Bale to assist drought affected farmers. The need for support is ongoing though and with many areas not receiving any rain over the wet season, the outlook for the rest of the year is very bleak.
In the lead up to Buy a Bale day on 25 March, Australians are being asked to help raise enough money to buy 50,000 bales. These bales will be purchased from hay farmers and delivered to farmers in desperate need to keep their breeding stocks alive.
“If all Australians donated one bale we’d solve our hay needs but we can’t expect that” said Charles Alder, Founder of Buy a Bale. “We’re hoping the 50,000 bales target is one we can achieve and this will make a significant impact on our farmers.”
Buy a Bale is currently planning four major hay days in association with Anglicare, Drought Angels, Frontier Services and the Department of Human Services. The hay day will provide farmers with an opportunity to get together, receive hay, advice on mental health and government support and drought assistance. This collaboration of organisations provide communities with vital services all available for free on one day.
Key Facts and Figures
- $2million donated to farmers assistance in last 16 months
- 1500 Farmers registered with Buy a Bale
- 50,000 bales is the target of the Buy a Bale Day campaign