RACQ’s charity arm has launched a new approach to better support local communities that continue to suffer extreme drought.
RACQ Foundation announced that it would allocate $350,000 to programs with partners like Connecting Communities Australia and The Salvation Army to assist Queenslanders in areas affected by the disaster.
“While we’ve previously asked community groups to apply for RACQ Foundation funding, and have had some great applications, we want to do more to help relieve some of the pressure those battling the drought are facing,” said Lucinda Ross, RACQ Foundation spokesperson. “We’ve added some new programs into the mix so now the worst-affected farmers will have access to EFTPOS vouchers for necessities, so they can buy supplies like fuel, groceries, and produce. We know graziers in drought are really struggling, and something simple like knowing your groceries are paid for, can really take the pressure off.”
The second phase of the drought program will see RACQ Foundation make regular visits to communities across Queensland to provide on-the-ground support.
“We know many locals are struggling to keep their farms afloat, and that’s why we’ll send in our own people, and other volunteers, to help farmers fix tractors and farm equipment, to construct fencing and get other jobs done,” Ross said. “Next week, we’ll kick off in the drought-ravaged South Burnett, where we’ll lend a hand to dairy farmers who’re struggling to keep their businesses going. By getting out into rural Queensland, we can show our support and help communities build resilience and strength for the locals who are doing it tough.”
RACQ Foundation is now accepting applications for the funding on its website.