Quota drought appeal for drought-stricken families in Walgett

Quotarians Nancy Boyling, Deb Steberm, Christine Gibbons and Jeanette Holland with the upside down umbrella they will be using to raise funds for rural women and their families doing it hard.

Quotarians Nancy Boyling, Deb Steberm, Christine Gibbons and Jeanette Holland with the upside down umbrella they will be using to raise funds for rural women and their families doing it hard.

On July 12 and 13 Taree Quota members will be holding a donation drive to help the wives and children of drought effected farmers in the Walgett area.

The Quotarians will hold a bucket collection at Taree Central Shopping Centre.

All money collected will be sent to the CWA in Walgett, where it will be distributed to the families as vouchers  to be used in local stores throughout their town.   

When you see the Quota women in their pink shirts please donate generously. Your donation will help the struggling farmers cope during this tough drought.

Quota International of Taree is reaching out to farming families and rural businesses to support them.

The other side of the mountain

There is an agricultural disaster just over the ‘other side of the mountains.’

Some drought stricken communities in western NSW are virtually incapacitated having battled against the land which is parched from a prolonged drought.

To call it an agricultural misfortune is mild – to call it a social, emotional, economic calamity is an understatement. What the farmers, their working partners, their partners in marriage, their kids, their neighbours, their mates are struggling against is truly confronting.

The farming families ‘on the other side of the mountains’ as opposed to the lush green, healthy, thriving ‘coastal’ farming communities are facing is beyond doubt a desperate situation.

Many of the women who support their farming partners have become totally despondent – despairing as how they can be supportive when they too have so little in their lives presently to be jubilant about.

These women have by circumstance, learnt to go without what many of us (coastal women) take for daily granted, just to see their family survive and their farms endure.

Forget the luxuries, like a meal out, manicures and pedicures, coffee and cake with friends, that touch of makeup, a hairdresser, items which are not even on their radar, especially when they are not even able to afford personal hygiene and sanitary products.

Every day the drought lasts these women face the crushing fear that someone or something they love could be lost to them for ever.

The emotional and social consequences is alarming.

The idea of a group of “coastal women’ showing some empathy and “coastal love”  for the women “over the mountain” for their farming families and especially their children, has ignited huge social support, by the Taree Quota Club. Quota is a non-profit community organisation changing lives everyday for women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired in our local community and around the globe. 

So Taree what can you do?

Over the next moth you will see at venues around town a Red Umbrella – symbolically it will be upside down – the signal for distress.

By your donation of a few coins, or a few dollars you can help Taree Quota’s project in support of women to be able to send a message and send a financial gift to these women that they are not alone, they are not forgotten, and we care about them and we want to give them a big hug, a voucher use within their community – that way the money goes around. Every dollar raised will go to the support of country farming women.

This is our chance to make a difference - One woman to another.