The Aussie Farmers Foundation has awarded grants worth over $70,000 as part of the 2018 Grassroots grant program to three fantastic projects supporting Australian farming communities.

CareFlight, Rural Aid and Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare will roll out projects directly benefitting rural and regional communities in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

The Aussie Farmers Foundation funds projects which support farm sustainability, disaster relief and recovery, kid’s health, food waste and hunger relief, and access to health services for rural and regional Australia.

The projects that have been funded under the Grassroots program in 2018 are:

  • CareFlight – $21,923 to run four MediSim trauma care training workshops in the New South Wales towns of Armidale, Tamworth, Maclean and Grafton with the aim of training up to 84 first responders in how to manage badly injured trauma patients on scene.
  • Rural Aid – $20,000 to support the roll out of Farm Rescue projects in the Western Downs and Maranoa Regions in Queensland; in the Upper Hunter Region of NSW; and the Goulburn Valley of north east Victoria.
  • Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare (AWRFS) – $30,000 to develop the Farm to Food Rescue – Closing the Production Loop project to reduce on-farm food waste and support food insecure families.

 Aussie Farmers Foundation Executive Officer Jane Thomas explains: “Aussie Farmers Foundation aims to make a meaningful difference to rural and regional communities by funding projects that provide them with much-needed help during times of hardship.

“We partner with charities who are the experts in helping to address some of the issues that impact local communities,” she said.

“This year the Trustee Board has identified three organisations who are working hard to support rural communities in the areas of drought relief and recovery, access to health services and addressing food insecurity and on-farm food waste.”

CareFlight Manager of Education and Training Colin Brown said the MediSim program is delighted to partner with the Aussie Farmers Foundation on the training for first responders. “First responders can be first at the scene of a trauma incident and what they do in those first crucial minutes can mean the difference between life and death.” 

“Congratulations to CareFlight, Rural Aid and Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare and we look forward to seeing their projects roll out over the next year,” Jane Thomas said.