Press Release, Immediate Release
July 20th 2018
Subject : Farm Rescue to lift Forbes farmers spirits with Mega Makeovers
In a mass show of support for farmers in the grip of drought, Rural Aid is bringing its Farm Rescue program to Forbes from October 14 to 20 2018 . The Farm Rescue program powered by thousands of volunteers helps repaint, rebuild, re fence, repair engines and vehicles or almost anything on a farm or a community project.
Co founder of Rural Aid, Charles Alder saw an opportunity to do a Farm Rescue in the Forbes area after being approached by Kim Lowe, owner of a local Forbes business K & H Interiors and Design. “Kim called up and said we’d love to help, we’d like to hold an event to support our farmers, what can we do together? Farm Rescue trips provide as much a mental lift as they do a physical infrastructure lift to farmers and communities. A painted house is refreshing and leads to an increase in self pride or a vehicle that works that will allow a farmer to do his / her job easier and takes the stress off in these tough economic times can be a god send. It’s all about putting the farmers or community in the position that when the drought breaks they can be productive as quickly as possible..”
According to Kim Lowe, “The town of Forbes NSW has been incredible supportive of K and H Interiors. As a joint partnership, Herb and myself wanted to give something back to the community that so embraced a city like business in a small country town. Having worked in the interior design industry for the past 25 years I see the look on client’s faces when the job has finished. To me that is the best payment anyone could want from a finished job. We wanted to see this same smile on our farming families faces to ease the burden just a little. Of course we can’t change the weather but as a community we can change the way we help people. Not only do farms suffer in this climate so do businesses and the whole community because nobody is buying anything, they don’t have to. The knock on effect is huge and ripples out far and wide across the whole community.
Farming is a hard business and sometimes due to mother mature she throws them a curved ball. Remember everyday, wherever you live, you eat food provided by a farmer.”
We’re inviting all Australians to become a part of this great event.So how can you help?
- You can donate product we can raffle which we could either auction on Friday night the 10th August at 8 pm or products we can use to brighten up the homes we’ll be working on.
- Make a financial donation. – https://www.farmrescue.com.au/donation
- Volunteer to help. Register here : https://www.farmrescue.com.au/signup
“It doesn’t matter what your ability many hands make light work.”
Jeannie and Doug Ramsay became part of the Farm Rescue team in 2018 and love it. “We started in Victoria and then onto NSW earlier this year and the combination of meeting new volunteers and farmers and their families, doing a hard days work, enjoying a camp fire at night and then at the end of the week seeing what we’ve achieved has us hooked. We love it and when Charles mentioned this concept in Forbes, we said, count us in” Jeannie said.
To provide as much help as possible Rural Aid have dubbed this a Mega Farm Rescue with the aim to attract 100 volunteers or couples to the week long event. We’re calling on farmers in the Forbes district to register to be a recipient of the week, we’ll then review the jobs they’ve submitted, have a builder check out the work sites and we’ll chose the accepted properties on an event in Forbes on August 10. We’re looking to include the town of Forbes in the event with the possibility of outdoor movies screening and a mini concert to celebrate with the community at the end of the week. This trip is about the whole Forbes community and it’s farmers, it will be a boost for the whole area.
Farmers are invited to register at https://www.farmrescue.com.au/forbes-mega-farm-rescue
If you have a business and you’d like to participate in offering materials or your qualified staff please register here https://www.farmrescue.com.au/sponsorship
About Rural Aid
Founded in 2015, Rural Aid encompasses a number of programs
Buy a Bale fodder and farm support program,
Rural Counsellors, mental health and family counselling service
Farm Army – 6000 Volunteers from all over the world
Farm Rescue – tradies and volunteers doing renovations on farms and rural community infrastructure
Gift of Music – bringing musical instruments and music teachers to bush kids
More information at https://www.farmrescue.com.au/forbes