RACQ Foundation bridges gap between city & bush

RACQ Foundation has helped bridge the gap between the city and the bush by sending volunteers to western Queensland to help farmers affected by drought.

The team of seven, including staff from RACQ’s Roadside Assistance and Community Response Teams, will arrive in Cunnamulla this week where rain has been scarce for more than four years.

RACQ Foundation spokesperson Renee Smith said the volunteers would spend a week in Cunnamulla assisting on six properties in the region.

“We aim to lift the spirits of Cunnamulla locals by not only helping out with mechanical tasks, but also providing company and listening to the stories of local farmers,” Ms Smith said.

“Drought can have a devastating effect not only on farmers’ livelihoods but on their emotional and mental states as well.

“We hope locals in Cunnamulla come to understand that even though there is distance between Queensland’s west and south east, those in cities do care about what farmers are going through.”

Ms Smith said it was the third time a team of RACQ Foundation volunteers had visited western Queensland.

“Our mechanics headed to Longreach and Charleville in 2016 where they repaired dozens of broken down vehicles, helping to restore the earning capabilities of local graziers”, she said.

“Whether its preparing food on the properties, fixing kitchen utensils, repairing dangerous stairs or even tending to an unreliable toilet, there’s almost nothing our team can’t do.”

The trip is part of the Drought Relief Project, a joint initiative between RACQ Foundation, Frontier Services, Qantas and Rotary Australia.

RACQ Foundation was set up in response to the 2011 floods to assist victims of natural disasters. Since its inception, more than $7.2 million has been donated to over 160 community organisations across Queensland.