Ray White lends its help to rural families
RAY White is calling on its friends and network to help drive funds towards farmers and rural families affected by the prolonged drought impacting much of Australia.
Ray White joint-chairman Paul White said the debilitating impact of this drought meant all Australians had to dig deep.
“Rural communities are in real distress right now. In fact, 100 per cent of NSW is suffering deficient rainfall and 57 per cent of Queensland is drought declared. Many parts of the country are in their seventh year of drought,” Mr White said.
The leading real estate group has partnered with Drought Angels, a not-for-profit charity, which relies on public donations.
Tash Johnston, founder of Drought Angels said the drought not only affected farmers but also community infrastructure, employment, businesses and services, tourism, mental health and public morale.
“We supply affected farmers with a means to access day-to-day goods in the local community, and as a result they’re able to support the small businesses in keeping their doors open for business during tough times,” she said.
Ray White Rural Scone sales agent McEwan Dawson has just donated 10 x $50 eftpos card for rural families in need.
One local office, Ray White Point Clare on the Central Coast region of New South Wales, has gone one step further and turned into a hub for donations to help farmers in distress due to prolonged drought.
The office is collecting food, household basics and day-to-day items for farmers.
Ray White Point Clare principal Andrew Macdonald and his son Lachlan Macdonald (pictured here) have just been on a country run and delivered a ute-load of basics to Orange in the state’s central west.
“I was aware of the plight of the farmers, and was on the internet reading up on it and found the Doing it for the Farmers group,” Mr Macdonald said.
“I decided from the start that we would personally deliver what we collected, so as to be sure the farmers knew where the donations came from and that other Aussies had their back.”
Mr Macdonald said the number of people who had responded to the call had been incredible.
“Every day donations are dropped in, calls come into the office asking what we need and how they can help,” he said.
“We have had people drive up from Sydney and down from the northern areas of the Central Coast. Others have offered to help deliver the donations,” he said.
He said while what farmers needed the most was stock feed and water, by providing food and toiletries for the farmers, they can use their household budget to buy stock feed and water.
“Donating small, lightweight items can be done easily, virtually by anyone, whereas delivering stock feed and water is another logistic,” he said.
Anyone can drop off donations at Ray White Point Clare, on Brisbane Water Drive Point Clare, opposite the railway station.
Mr Macdonald and his son Lachlan will be driving their next load of donations to the Upper Hunter on 20-21 August.
As of today they will easily fill two utes and two trailers, so maybe more!
To find more collections points in NSW & Queensland – look up the Doing It for Our Farmers Facebook page.