OUR SAY: Telethon puts drought in front of city minds

It was great to see an end result of $7.5 million on Monday afternoon when Channel 9’s Farm Aid telethon wrapped up filming from the Dubbo Showground. 

The event was held to shine a light on the plight of our farmers affected by the drought as part of the Fighting for our Farmers – Drought Relief Appeal. 

It comes after preparation from the national television station following the declaration 100 per cent of the state was in drought. 

It’s an issue the Daily Liberal have been covering for some months, and one that is being talked about by so many people in the community. 

And one we are happy the National media have now picked up. 

When speaking to our reporters they said it was a great eye-opener to see that things weren’t the way they should be. 

“Us city-folk get caught up in our own little lives, we’re running round doing our thing, it’s all so important, but it’s a great leveller and eye-opener, to realise it’s not all beer and skittles, there’s a lot of people really struggling and that’s not the way it should be.”

“The media in the city took a long time to get on to this story, that’s our fault, that’s on us, now we know about it, our responsibility is to continue to raise awareness.

“It’s going to get tougher, the more awareness in the city, the more pressure there is on government to help out and try to get people through ‘till it rains.” 

Community groups around our region have been raising funds and awareness of the plight of farmers for many months, but the more people that get on board with the campaign, and the more groups that raise awareness, the more might be done by the government. 

If enough people make a noise then we are more likely to be heard loud and clear that the farmers need help. 

They are proud people, and some of those doing it tough won’t even ask for help even if times are desperate – it’s out job to help them as much as we can until the rains arrive. 

Telling the stories of the farmers who have had to shoot their stock because they can’t afford to get in more hay, who are struggling to get food on the table for their family.

The stories that are pushing the human face behind the drought into the spotlight – that’s what’s going to get those in the city take notice of what’s really going on.