As the eldest child and only son I hear a lot “Charlie, one day all of this will be yours”. I look around now and wonder what “all of this” is anymore.
After the length of the drought and then the fires on top of that, which took our animals, fences and any hope of income, we’re in a bad way. It’s really hard to see my parents so hurt everyday but especially when this is another year we don’t have a “real Christmas”.
I can’t remember what year we stopped putting the tree up! I can’t remember what the excitement felt like on Christmas morning. You know, the times when you were so excited to run out to the tree, wondering what you were unwrapping and hoping it was something from your Christmas wish list. I think after the first really bad drought year Mum and Dad explained that with the drought like it was, all our money was going into feeding the animals and with no other income we knew that meant Christmas was going to be hard. We were sad and so confused, “why did this happen”, but we thought surely the drought wouldn’t stick around that long. I’m pretty sure that first chat was 5 years ago now, around when I was 10.
This year after watching the fires rip through our farm and losing all but the house, I knew this would be the worst year yet. Mum and Dad are tired and stressed most of the time and we all just keep to ourselves. There is nothing I wish for more than a time where I don’t see sadness and disappointment on my parents faces. I still hope that one day soon we will have our “real Christmas” again, where we can put up the tree, exchange gifts and enjoy lunch and family time together.
~ Charlie, 15
To our dear Drought Angels Family
At this time of year, when storms (albeit damaging) roll through parts of Australia, it is all too easy to forget there are still big parts of Australia being tormented by the ongoing drought. On top of that you will remember of course all the families still trying to recover from the devastating fires and floods. What can you do to help?
With your help Drought Angels would like to commit, again this year, to sending a $100 prepaid cards to registered farmers. This will mean that these families will not only feel the kindness from you but also they will be able to enjoy the special day together. We want them to remember that better days are coming and until then you have their backs.
No matter if it’s a $5 donation or $100, every cent that is donated will help to provide a special day for these families. Can you help?