Farm & Community Rescue – Part of the 10 Towns Initiative
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, air conditioning 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.
Kyabram Farm & Community Rescue
Our first project for the year and combined helping farmers and community groups in the region. Rural towns are also struggling with the drought and are an integral part of the rural landscape. We now will be including these communities in a more holistic approach to helping these communities.
We worked on 4 farms and 9 community projects. We fixed fences, repaired and service farm equipment, welded, roof repairs and guttering and did lots of gardening on the farms.
In Kyabram, we worked on painting the town hall, helping the ladies at the croquet club with much need maintenance on their club rooms. At the Fauna Park we painted, repaired and tied up and built a viewing platform for the local historical Society. Read More…
Thank you for the fantastic outcomes you achieved in just one week in the town of Kyabram. The positive comments are still flowing and smiling faces abound.
The many community groups you assisted have extra spring in their steps and are all planning ongoing projects. The schools who received the musical instruments and experienced the Army Band performances are still on a high. What a lovely idea to have the band play at the Kyabram Club on the Monday evening so that all the volunteers and additional Kyabram community members could experience such a fun, professional performance. There is talk in the community as to how we can tempt them back!
The individual farmers you assisted with hay drops and on farm work was such a bonus in these very difficult times. I had no idea of the extent and variety of support the town would receive and the breadth of skill and fantastic commitment of the volunteers who travelled to our town.
Finally, a special thanks for considering Kyabram a town worthy of assistance and for the countless hours organising and coordinating the project from far distant Queensland and then the long road trip down. Your enthusiasm and professionalism is very much appreciated and commended.
– Kyabram-Deakin Ward Councillor
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The Farmer Feedback is...
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.
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 a purpose the gap has been filled in a way I would never have through it would. The making of new friends, learning new skills and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day just added to the whole experience. To see the big smiles on their faces of all the family was enough to know we have definitely made a huge diffidence in their lives and made it possible to move forward in a very positive way. Would I volunteer again. Most definitely Yes
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. We made lots of new friends, had plenty of laughs and yes would definitely recommend it to friends. We have already signed up for the next rescue in a months’ time.
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.
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 and interacting with his lovely family especially the time I spent with him milking the cows. And Yes I’m keen to do another Farm Rescue. In fact I just registered for the next. I’ve also been active on Facebook about what I’ve been doing this week and have had some great positive feedback
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 lives. I really liked the interaction with all the other volunteers. We all worked hard but it was fun. I’ve made new friends and learnt new skills and helped make a love family’s life a little bit easier for them
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 the Farm Rescues. It looks like some of our friends are going to get involved as well.
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 assist in any way I can. I’ve already signed up for the SA Farm Rescue later in the year.
I was a bit hesitant about volunteer workers but the gentlemen you have sent me have all been of such great help with work, fencing and general farm duties. It has been really great. I would have no hesitation in accepting help again.
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.