Dear Brian & Nerida and all of the Aussie Helpers, Today I had an unexpected visit. It was hours ago, and I’m still on the verge of tears. I'm not doing it as tough as some and like everyone I know, asking for help is hard. But I thank you form the bottom of my heart for the visit and for someone not forgetting us. More than anything, the feeling of not being alone is so appreciated. The offer of hay is gold and being left with a delicious box of food goodies was so appreciated- including little luxuries that have really become luxuries such as Arnott biscuits and sweets as well as the staples and loo paper! Some times you don’t realise how tight you’ve had to pull the belt in until you realise you’re down to your last roll of loo paper!! My husband, sons and I will all enjoy your generosity and thoughtfulness. And then there was the bag of fancies. Even a hair dryer! And lip balm and earrings. And all the rest. It was too sweet and every time I use my lovely new face washer I will rejoice in the spirit of Aussie Helpers and the generosity of all involved. I truly thank you all
Dear Brian and all your wonderful wonderful happy helpers From the bottom of my heart I would like to say a very very big thank you for your overwhelming generosity, thoughts, organisational ability, big smiles and fun that you bought to the Longreach district. I have never experienced our fellow man in a better light where so many people have been involved to help those in very great need. It is a shock to be on the receiving end when you are used to being on the other side but I can assure you it has made a huge difference to my spirit and to the lucky animals feasting on hay like they have never seen! I admire you all and appreciate your terrific efforts. It is simply fantastic to think that the bush is being held in respect and people care as so often we feel forgotten especially by governments who seem to ignore agriculture as a sustainable industry that could and should support great job prospects for so many people. Our last mob of cattle go this week and the first time ever we will be totally destocked, quite a horrific position to be in and quite eerie ….. we still have 20,000 roos! Thank you all for your fabulous contribution, Best wishes to you and your great organisation
Dear Aussie Helpers, A month ago Brian and Collin came to visit us offering donation loads of hay and boxes of groceries We were overwhelmed by these generous donations from people who care for farmers, amazing!. The Hay has come in handy that's for sure! The groceries were like xmas! Finding beautiful surprises. Today we had a visit from Max and Margie bearing gifts of Dog Food and Cow flow paks and a very lovely Lady farmer pack with a coles gift voucher. I was deeply moved by this. We have decided to leave the Dairy Industry and are in the process of selling all our dear cows. It was a hard descision, but the low disgusting price MG set would have sent us bank rupt. Hopefully selling the cows will get our debts paid and we can get on with something else. We hope to keep our farm, but the next year we'll see. So a huge thankyou to all your sponsors and Donors, they are true Aussie spirited people with big hearts! Thankyou Aussie Helpers XXX
I would like to thank your organisation for thinking of us during the devastating floods in Tasmania. Colin Hardy and Jim Lucas called and delivered us the most amazing food parcel and gifts. Could you please thank the people involved for their donations and for wrapping everything up so beautifully. We appreciated Colin and Jim's visit very much.
I am sending this message on behalf of my parents. They currently do not have access to email, and wanted me to let you know that they received some “care packages” today from some of your volunteers at Aussie Helpers. The packs included some ‘dry cow’ treatment, Coles and Fuel vouchers and a pamper pack for my Mum. They have also been told there is some hay on the way sometime next week which is just amazing and perfect timing. They are incredibly grateful for your assistance, and are quite humbled by the experience. They asked me to send a special thanks to Max and Marg for all the hard work they do to get this to happen. From me and my two adult sisters… another HUGE thank-you. As typical proud, hard-working dairy farmers, Mum & Dad keep saying that they feel like they don’t deserve the help they have received. My Dad was embarrassed about accepting the food hamper that first arrived. They feel that there are probably people worse off than they are. But as I pointed out to Dad, there are also a lot of people out there who are MUCH better off than they are – who happily spend $5 or more on a cup of coffee, but who whinge and moan about paying more than $1/litre for their milk (enough for many cups of coffee). My parents may not have young children to support any more like some of the farmers suffering at the moment, but they are spending their superannuation just to keep things afloat – meaning their eventual retirement will have fewer luxuries. Not that they will complain about that either…. So, from the bottom of our hearts, Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you…not only for your kindness and generosity, but also for your genuine understanding of what life in the country can be like during the hard times, and for knowing what “help” really is actually “helpful”. Xxx Kindest regards,