Salvos offering 24/7 support for drought-stricken farmers

RELEASE

17 August 2018
The Salvation Army has established a 24/7 emergency assistance hotline offering support to farmers impacted by the drought.
Salvation Army rural chaplains and personnel are available to provide financial, emotional and practical support.
Rural chaplain Dianne Lawson says, “The Salvos are providing help through a simple and timely process without the red tape, so farmers can receive the assistance they need to get back on their feet. We just want people to know they are not alone and that it is ok to ask for help.”
One of the most effective ways Australians can rally behind farmers is to donate to The Salvation Army’s drought relief efforts.
“Our chaplains and personnel can provide direct financial assistance to farmers, which enables them to recover with dignity and spend the money on the vital items and household expenses they need to survive,” Dianne says.
“It also means the money will be spent within their own communities. The drought’s devastating ‘ripple effect’ has impacted many surrounding businesses and communities. By supporting The Salvation Army, money can be invested in the local economy and provide relief for many more people in need.”
The Salvation Army has been supporting Australian farmers for over 100 years, and has over a dozen rural chaplains across Australia providing essential services for farmers in need. To access assistance please call (02) 8757 8088 or visit salvos.org.au/drought.
To support The Salvation Army’s drought relief efforts, please visit salvos.org.au or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).
The Salvation Army Media Department – (02) 9466 3143
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