Drought aid and appeals

There are a number of organisations and charities in South Australia raising and allocating funds to drought-affected families and businesses. For more details on how to access support or donate check out the following:

SA - Country Women’s Association

The South Australian Country Women’s Association (SACWA) is working with Australian Red Cross and Rural Business Support to provide financial assistance of up to $3,000 to farmers in drought affected regions of the state.

The SACWA Emergency Aid Fund is currently the recipient of generous donations via:

  • Dick Smith Foods – as part of the $1,000,000 donation given to CWA Associations across Australia.
  • Coles Supermarkets – through their current initiatives "in-store" across Australia. These fund will also be allocated to CWA Associations across Australia.
  • "Parma For A Farmer" – the Australian Hotel’s Association in South Australia are fundraising through their hotels for the current rural crisis. These funds are also being allocated to SACWA Emergency Aid Fund for distribution.

Donations from the general public can be made via:

  • the SACWA website
  • cheque/money order – please provide address for receipt
  • cash at SACWA State Office, Mary Walker House, 30 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town SA 5067
  • EFT Bank SA: BSB 105 010, Account 108099140, SACWA Emergency Aid Fund.

Any farming or rural families in South Australia, seeking assistance can discuss eligibility and the application process by calling Rural Business Support or email admin@ruralbusinesssupport.org.au.


BlazeAid is helping farmers better cope with some of the stresses associated with drought. Help is offered through

  1. Holiday accommodation donated for the farmer and/or his direct family
  2. Volunteer help with a wide range of experience i.e. fencing, farm sitters, feeding stock, mechanics, plumbers, general labours etc.

Grants to help farmers preserve core breeding stock have already been fully allocated but may return. To register for assistance go to giveafarmerabreak.blazeaid.com.au.

You can also donate to BlazeAid, a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters and adverse events like drought. Go to blazeaid.com.au

EPIC Charitable Trust

EPIC Grain Brokers in partnership with Mentally Fit EP have established the EPIC Charitable Trust and are raising money and collecting fodder donations to support drought affected farmers on the Eyre Peninsula. So far they have raised in excess of $133,000 and will be using funds to help pay for contract straw baling, as well as care packages, business vouchers and local community programs aimed at supporting local farmers through drought.

To discuss support from the EPIC Trust or to discuss donating fodder or straw call Steve Whillas on 0458 852 268.

Donations to the EPIC Charitable Trust can be made until end of October by direct deposit - ANZ Branch Port Lincoln, BSB: 015 420 Acc No: 4686 16441. Donations are not tax-deductible.

Page Last Reviewed: 22 Oct 2018
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