THE DROUGHT RIDE

RIDING TO SUPPORT DROUGHT STRICKEN COMMUNITIES

THE EFFECTS OF THE DROUGHT ON SMALL RURAL TOWNSHIPS

The drought is having a devastating effect on the livelihoods and mental health of farmers and rural communities and whilst we are distant from the direct effects, we can make a difference for rural communities

Mental health / depression is a significant issue for rural families as they struggle through the unknown term of this drought.

Supporting the spirit of the small rural communities at the centre of these drought affected areas is critical. It is these communities that create social events where people come together, support each other, maybe play a little sport but generally collectively lift each other’s spirits.

In each small rural community, there is typically a progress association or committee that takes an active role on putting on community events – perhaps a cricket or tennis game, a card night, a sports day or something similar. They draw on the financial resources of their surrounding community to fund these events however during hard times, when this sort of support is most needed, funding is hard to find as people put every dollar into making it through the next week.

Non-farming families in these communities are also suffering – particularly those people in business that rely on the spend of the surrounding community. Bringing additional spend into these communities for the likes of accommodation, food, beverages and fuel etc will assist in supporting the communities and will have a ripple effect.


HOW WE WILL HELP

Our objective is to bring organisations and individuals together to raise money – to raise the spirits (and the mental health) of small rural communities. The aim is to donate at least $1,000 to as many small communities as possible – let’s start at a minimum of twenty but why don’t we see just how far we can spread this effect.

Over the course of a weekend we'll be riding 300km through bush country and will be asking each rider to not only to commit to raising at least $1,000 but also to cover the cost of their accommodation and food through a registration fee, all of which will be spent in the rural communities. With a goal target of thirty riders, that’s at least thirty communities that we can support.