No one wants to admit things are tough, and farmers are some of the proudest people in Australia.  But sometimes they need our help, especially before it’s too late.  Aussie Helpers stays in touch with 100’s of farming families to ensure their well being and survival through good and bad times.

I encourage you to be part of this effort either with a donation, fundraising or general support, all is always welcome at Aussie Helpers.  We only survive because of the kind generosity of the public’s donations and our kind sponsors.

We like to think that supporting our hard working farmers is a privilege, although it can be challenging, it never stops being rewarding, seeing people smile again, it makes our job worthwhile and inspiring.  Why not get involved in our cause, fundraising, volunteering or joining in our conversations on Facebook, we’d love to see you there.


In June 2013 after reading the plight of Queensland farmers who were destroying their cattle and some being forced off their land, Charles Alder found he needed to do something about this problem. Coming from a family committed to helping others Charles and wife Tracy decided they needed to find out how best they could help those in this terrible situation.

After making calls to agriculture industry groups and speaking to others, and with a lifetime of experience in marketing, it was decided to create a fundraising program that explained exactly what Australians could do to help.

Why not ask Australian’s to “Buy a Bale of Hay“.

Through a number of business contacts, thank you Bartercard, an approach was made to Sunrise the Channel 7 morning program to participate in a hay drive.

Since this hay drive in September 2013, the program has delivered over 160,000 bales of hay across 4 states.

But the Buy a Bale program has become more than fodder.

Today the Buy a Bale campaign is part of the charity Rural Aid, formed by Charles and Tracy to expand services and support to rural communities not only suffering through natural disasters but communities that need help remaining in existence, our rural communities are disappearing and need help.

In one of the driest countries on the planet, there will always be farmers who need assistance feeding their animals.

The Buy a Bale program will be here to provide that assistance. Thank you Australia for helping us make our vision happen.


Drought Angels provides a unique service for which it is has become well known for within the rural sector.  Drought Angels is a small charity run by big hearts, who offer a listening ear, a warm hug and personalised support given to each family. We like to tell our farmers that this is not a handout but a Thank You. “Thank you for all you do to put the food on our tables because without you we would all go hungry”.

Through direct personal contact with the farmers, Drought Angels has earnt a reputation for providing personalised, heartfelt and discreet assistance. We help those who would not normally reach out but prefer to battle it alone, which can lead to severe depression and in some cases suicide.  One-on-one support aides in ‘breaking down the barriers’ of a proud demographic who quite often have never received a hand up. They can be the first generation of many who have to contemplate walking off the land and selling blood lines which have taken years to build up. These are the people of most concern and often forgotten.


Since 2006 Need For Feed have been supporting communities and farmers across Victoria. ​
In December 2006, Founder Graham Cockerell, donated & delivered one truck load of hay which was distributed by Cowwar Toongabbie Lions Club to farmers burnt out in their area.The problem was that it was only 5 small bales of hay for each farmer. Graham returned to his home determined to round up others to help make a difference. Neighbor Barry Medwin, who lost his own wife & daughter in the 1983 Ash Wednesday Fires, donated the next semi load of hay & Grahams Hot Rodding mate Doug Hamilton suggested a Bush Fire Benefit which raised $23.000. A local paper then published a story on the events entitled NEED FOR FEED & so we were born!
Every year since we have raised funds for Fire, Drought and Flood Relief.