Campaign to support backbone of Australia

HERE TO HELP: Jimboomba resident Tracey Green is fundraising to support a Barraba farming family suffering from drought. Photo: Jacob Wilson
HERE TO HELP: Jimboomba resident Tracey Green is fundraising to support a Barraba farming family suffering from drought. Photo: Jacob Wilson

JIMBOOMBA resident Tracey Green is calling for support to do a random act of kindness for a drought stricken farming family struggling to feed three kids.

Ms Green was inspired to take action after her parents told her shocking details about the dire straits confronting farmers in Barraba, NSW, during the past two months.

“They have told me they have seen at least 100 dead cows on the ground...some with their babies – this means that these farmers are losing the next generation of cattle,” Ms Green said.

“I am wanting to help one special family who have never asked for help, who are always there to help when someone else needs it, and are going to lose their livelihood, cattle and much more if we don’t help soon.”

A GoFundMe Page with a fundraising target of $1500 to $2000 has been set up to support the anonymous Barraba family in need of essential resources and food.

Almost $250 has been raised at 1pm on August 9.

Ms Green and her family have also received hay and fuel donations which they will pass on to the family in early September.

Ms Green said farmers were the backbone of Australia and needed more help during the hard times to return the favour during good times.

“This is a cry for help, and we need hard working Australians to help the people who provide food on the table,” she said.

“Thousands of farmers in Queensland and Northern NSW are in need of our help to keep their cattle, sheep and horses alive during one of the worst droughts in living history.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week announced extra emergency relief payments for drought affected farmers with family households to receive $12,000 on September 1.

Single households will receive $7200.

Ms Green called on politicians from all levels of government to spend more time on the ground with farmers to get an understanding of their struggles.

To donate to the Help a farmer in Barraba NSW campaign follow the link.

Alternatively, call 0431 136 465.

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