Just like the reality TV shows that fixes up houses, we recognised there was a need for such a service in the bush. Apart from fixing up homes which mainly includes minor works, our teams of volunteers fence, fix vehicles, airconditioning and heating and range of jobs that just get put off. Come and join our Farm Army volunteers on a Farm Rescue trip and help us change people’s lives.
What happens on a Farm Rescue?
Farm Rescues entail a group of volunteers and some tradespeople visiting remote and rural areas to help fix infrastructure that farmers do not have the skill, time or money to do themselves.
Jobs range from painting and fencing through to electrical, plumbing, construction, mechanical and gardening.
Farm Rescue trips usually consist of 8-10 skilled volunteers working on one or many properties or a community project for up to a week.
Mega Farm Rescue at Forbes
Rural Aid is organising a Mega Farm Rescue of renovators, tradies, grey nomads and other volunteers who’ll commit to painting, plumbing, building, fencing, mechanical work or other on farm activities to bring some joy and mental relief to farmers doing it tough in this drought.
Donations drive the Farm Rescue Campaign
Barcaldine Farm Rescue
“ I can’t thank you guys enough for all that was done here at Lara & how smoothly it all went over the week. So glad to have made some more friends throughout the experience of meeting the team. Our first tour was a Hit & big one 30 that morning & proudly showed off the reno’s & what was done & I actually relaxed on the veranda for the first time.
- Jo, owner of Lara Wetlands ”
Twelve volunteers camped at the wetlands for a week and help restore the old homestead. Now Jo, owner at of Lara can continue her historical tours of the homestead knowing that the verandas, balustrade and stairs are all secure
And the Farmer Feedback is...
Recently, Rural Aid did a Farm Rescue at Pillage. A group of volunteers fixed the one of the farmer's house. Farmers were very happy with how Rural Aid helped them.
Nominate a Farmer
Do you know a farmer or a farming family who requires any assistance or has jobs that need to be done? Why not nominate them to receive a Farm Rescue Mini Makeover?
I’ve good so much from this week, learnt new skills, helped a lovely family, made new friends and had fun milking cows again. And yes very keen to do more Farm Rescues. I’m also keen to stay in touch with Shane and Cindy as I’m down this way from time to time and happy to… Read more “”
It was a very satisfying week of hard work. I learnt new skills and even got to operate an excavator for the first time. I was especial please with how the playground turned out. It was fantastic to see Cindy’s reaction. Her big smile said it all. We are keen to commute to help with… Read more “”
There was a great sense of achievement around the group. We archived so much in 5 days. It was so nice to see how much Shane and Cindy appreciated all the work we had done. The little thank you cards their girls gave us all was a nice touch. I’m sure we made a difference in… Read more “”
It was great to use skills I hadn’t needed to use in a long time and learn a few new ones as well. I was very happy that we achieved all the goals we set ourselves at the beginning of the week. It was a great collective effort from everyone. I really enjoyed helping Shane… Read more “”
I have really enjoyed using my renovating skills and volunteering my time to help others. It was very satisfying to achieve so much in a short time and the work ethic from everyone was great. Yes keen to look at other farm rescues.
I really enjoyed the team involvement/team environment and was amazed at how much we achieved as a collective group. There is no better feeling than knowing you have made a diffidence in the lives of a family doing it tough. I also learnt new skills and now feel very confident to tackle any painting job.… Read more “”
My experience of this week and last week at the farm Rescue at Ballendella was fantastic. I was doing something for the first time, not for myself but for other and it was a very uplifting and enriching experience. For a while now there has been a gap in my life. Now that I’ve found… Read more “”
Rural Aid runs a number of rural support programs.
Maybe you’ve heard of the Buy a Bale fodder assistance program, or would like to join the 6000 plus strong Farm Army, or would love to join CEO’s Under the Stars, or have a musical instrument you’d like to donate to The Gift of Music .
Rural Aid is the sum of donors, volunteers, corporates and our wonderful staff who each week strive to provide the best form of assistance to those in most need in rural Australia. Thank you for being a part of our work.
To make the Farm Rescue concept a winner we’re looking for businesses to help us out.
We’ve some sizable expenses in housing and transporting our volunteers and tradies, feeding them and supplying the tools and items they need to complete the vast array of jobs.