Drought Angels provide much needed supplies to drought stricken farmers
Drought Angels provide much needed supplies to drought stricken farmers.
Tash Johnston and Nicki Blackwell, also known as the Drought Angels, provide food, toiletries, toys and hay to drought affected farmers and their surrounding communities throughout Queensland and other parts of Australia.
The pair’s generosity was first on show three years ago when they wanted to make more people aware of the tough situation some farmers were in and run a few fundraisers to support them.
But there was so much need for their services that they moved away from their jobs as a chef and cleaner to pursue Drought Angels fulltime.
Welcome winter rain to much of Queensland last year meant demand for the Angels’ supplies eased up until Christmas but with almost 85 per cent of the state now drought declared the need for support has never been bigger.
“Since January and with no summer rain and extreme heat, it’s just been going absolutely crazy.” The pair are planning a hay run to the Auburn area on April 1 and are hoping to organise a similar event for the south west Surat area following that.
“Where we are heading up at Auburn it’s the driest it has been up that way for 50 plus years for this time of year,” she said.
“A couple of inches certainly doesn’t break a drought.” The Drought Angels became a registered charity in September last year and have been using social media to spread the word about their plight.
“A little goes a very long way and everyone’s little bit adds up,” she said.
To make a donation or find out how you can help the Drought Angels visit http://droughtangels.org.au/