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Brian and Nerida Egan reflect on the importance of volunteers for Aussie Helpers
Aussie Helpers is a non-profit rural charity operating since 2002.
The charity is operated by volunteers working in Queensland where we have a major base and head office at Charleville, we also have another large base at Mathoura NSW near Deniliquin. Volunteers also work in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia and have done volunteer work in Western Australia.
These volunteers fully embody the spirit of volunteering, freely giving their own time and expertise, they have created a rural charity that only assists primary producers. The charity is strongly supported by local communities including citizens and small businesses many of whom have donated goods and services to enable Aussie Helpers to achieve its goal of helping to fight poverty in the bush.
This bonding of ordinary people and the business community has created a feeling of a profound sense of community spirit which has made it a priority to help others less fortunate and those going through tough times.
Aussie Helpers impact on the people our volunteers visit and the places we connect with and is fully verified by the hundreds of letters we receive each year from grateful farming families assisted by our volunteers.
Aussie Helpers visits to farming families are not meant to solve any major problems however at times just knowing that someone cares about them and their difficult situation in the bush offers a little hope of better days ahead.
Many people are astounded that such an organisation such as Aussie Helpers, which operates without any government funding, even exists let alone what the charity does for people in the bush.
The beneficiaries of Aussie Helpers volunteer’s activities are genuine people who are doling through really tough times. The majority of the people our volunteers deal with would not ask for help nor expect it. However one these farming families get back on their feet the flow on will benefit the rural communities and the country towns.
Aussie Helpers have proven beyond doubt that if people are fully committed to a worthwhile cause the local communities will embrace the organisation that in turn instils a sense of pride, even if they are not a member of the organisation that people can relate to what is being achieved in their communities.
During the year 2015 Aussie Helpers volunteers travelled more than half a million kilometres visiting over one thousand sheep and cattle stations in both Queensland and NSW drought affected areas.