Drought impacts the lives of all Australians, even those who reside in areas far from drought-affected regions. As at June 8, 2018, almost 60% of Queensland sadly remains drought-declared.
Stress induced by such natural disasters and unfavourable conditions can adversely affect mental health. Tragically, rates of self-harm and suicide have been reported to increase with remoteness. Compared with major cities, the rate of suicide in Australia’s rural and regional areas is about 40% higher.
In an effort to help support our local Australian farmers and their rural communities, Belmont staff organised three fundraising initiatives over the month of August.
The cumulative success of the 'Hospital Raffle' , ‘Dress like a farmer’ and ‘Hillside Bake Sale’ fundraising events saw an impressive $1928.00 raised for our Australian farmers!
All proceeds will be donated to the Drought Angels; a not-for-profit charity which has been established to provide meaningful and personalised assistance to those in need.
A special thank-you to those who donated their valuable time and money towards each initiative and the Hillside and Admissions Teams for organising such a successful fundraiser.
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