Many Queensland farmers are still facing the worst drought conditions in Australia’s history. 

These men and women are continuing to battle the harshest of conditions in Queensland's western regions each and every day. Although small rainfall has softened the blow, the dry, arid land has made it almost impossible to sow any sort of seed to sustain themselves.  

In September 2018, the Lott, through Golden Casket, donated $500,000 to the Queensland Government’s Drought Appeal. The donation, funded from unclaimed prize money, was made to the Queensland Country Women's Association (QCWA), one of several organisations appointed by the Queensland Government to collect and distribute drought assistance.

Since the appeal launched in September 2018, the QCWA has received 4,550 applications for assistance and allocated more than $10 million to hard-working farmers across Queensland.  

In most cases, the money allocated has gone to essential items, like food and petrol vouchers and electricity bills. Money has also been distributed towards more unique needs, such as registration fees for farming equipment and a community bus registration fee to get farming children to and from school each day. 

QCWA President Christine King said “Some of these farmers and their families have maxed out all credit available to them and there is nothing left. The land won’t give in. These donations, from businesses like the Lott, have literally helped put food on the table and keep the lights on for many people”.

One farmer from Western Queensland wrote to the QCWA with their thanks for helping during this tough period.

“I am writing to thank you with the deepest gratitude for your organisation's assistance to me in my time of need. The payment of overdue rates on my drought declared beef cattle property lifted a big worry from me. To receive the IGA food cards was just amazing. I only had half a loaf of bread, a teaspoon of butter and no milk left. Can’t say how much I appreciate your help – beyond words,” the farmer wrote.

Another farmer, whose husband is also receiving treatment for cancer, wrote “We would like to sincerely thank your organisation so very much for the support you have shown us. My husband has just finished another round of radiation. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts”.

To contribute to helping Queensland farmers, please visit the QCWA website to make a donation.