Each year, nabtrade, an award-winning investment platform for online trading, cash and international trading donates a day’s brokerage to support an organisation that’s making a real difference in the community.

Rural Aid CEO John Walters says the rural charity organisation is delighted to announce it is the 2020 charity of choice for nabtrade’s charity trading day, which is today: 26 November 2020. 

80% of nabtrade’s brokerage will support Rural Aid’s Young Minds program, which helps improve mental wellness for rural youth. The remaining 20% will be donated to the ASX Refinitiv Charity Foundation which has partnered with ten Australian charities that provide support and financial assistance to children, disability and medical research.

Rural Aid was established in 2015 to provide holistic support to rural Australia, and is now one of the largest rural charities in the country.

“Our Young Minds program will launch in 2021 to increase mental wellness and education in rural areas by reducing the stigma amongst school age children. The program will include presentations, workbooks, journals, peer support and counselling for participating schools in selected regions of New South Wales and Queensland,” Mr Warlters explained. 

Last year, nabtrade supported the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, in 2018 they partnered with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation whose mission was to protect children from violence, and the year prior The Luke Batty Foundation was the beneficiary of the initiative.

Spokesperson: CEO John Warlters 0409618641
Media contact: Lyndsey Douglas 0424203935 media@ruralaid.org.au

With Rural Aid’s national concert only days away, the organisation says the support of singers, musicians and songwriters has been overwhelming. 

Rural Aid CEO, John Warlters, said performers have been incredibly generous in their support of the event.

“Everyone from Jimmy Barnes to Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Vera Blue, Kate Ceberano, Natalie Bassingthwiate, Dami Im, Casey Donovan, Isaiah Firebrace, Chris Sebastian and many more have been so passionate about supporting farmers after a year of floods, bushfires and devastating ongoing drought,” Mr Warlters said. 

Two artists were so moved by the initiative, they wrote a song.  

“When Lee Kernaghan and Mick Lindsay heard that we were planning a fundraising concert in November to help farmers through the many challenges that form part of life of the land, they sat down and wrote “Good Onya Mate” – which is also the title of our concert.” Queensland country music star Mick Lindsay’s first three chart topping singles have clocked up 4 million streams and were played by over 450 stations across the country. Rural Aid is hoping the new track, “Good Onya Mate” to be launched at the concert, will be just as successful. “It’s an amazing feeling to contribute to such an Important cause and I hope my contribution inspires others, whether that be donating time, money or resources to Aussies in need,” Mick Lindsay said.  “Aussies helping Aussies has always been the backbone of this nation – this song is about mateship and how that has always been the Australian way.” 

Excerpt: Good Onya Mate
We never saw it coming
Never thought we’d see this day
Seems like all at once
Been a long haul
Backs to the wall
It was touch and go for a while
Good onya mate 
Seeing it through
Lending a hand 
We can always count on you
When times are tough
And the pressures on
You don’t give up
You don’t give in

“The lyrics of this song could resonate in many different ways and I hope Australian can relate it to an experience they have faced or are facing. Never be too proud to accept a hand up and always remember to look back and lend a hand to the next person along,” Mr Lindsay said.  

The funds raised on Saturday night will go towards the Rural Aid’s Stronger Futures program. 

“This is our plan to enable resilient and sustainable rural communities to thrive into the future,” Mr Warlters said. 

“The money will underpin our rural counselling services because one conversation at the right time, with the right person, can change everything. It will allow Rural Aid to continue its community building – to work with towns to bring their renewal projects to life.” 

Nine television personalities Richard Wilkins, Allison Langdon, Brooke Boney and Alex Cullen will host the concert from Bella Vista Farm in Sydney. To donate go to www.goodonyamate.org.au or call 1300 327 624.
Contact Mick Lindsay via Rikki-Lee 0428 429 905

Rural Aid’s unofficial spokesperson, The Ringer, advises city-based Australians on how to speak in the bush.

One of Australia’s largest rural charities, Rural Aid, is asking all Australians to dress like a farmer for the national “Good Onya Mate” fundraising concert scheduled for 28 November.

Rural Aid’s unofficial spokesperson for the event, known as The Ringer, held a press conference today to advise Australians on how to talk like a farmer for the event.

“A good place to start for first-timers trying to talk like the rest of us over the otherside of the Great Divide is to say: good onya mate. You’ll notice we don’t say you… unless we’re talking about buying a single female sheep… a ewe, ya know?” The Ringer says from his paddock in central Queensland.

“In that case you’d go: G’day Bruce, how’s the ewe ya bought?”

The charity encourages Australians to post a photo of their outfits with the hashtag #goodonyamate as a message of solidarity to farmers across the country.

CEO of Rural Aid John Warlters says the funds raised from the concert will go towards the charity’s new Stronger Futures program, dedicated to helping farmers develop strong and sustainable futures for their families and local communities.

“Rural Aid’s Stronger Futures initiatives include our Farm Army. That’s thousands of Farm Army volunteers give their time to help rural communities rebuild and repair following natural disasters. Farm Army volunteers make a real difference in rural areas and are also recruited for specific Rural Aid community projects,” Mr Warlters said.

“We’ll also revitalise towns through the Our Towns community renewal program. In drought-affected areas, community facilities often become rundown as scarce funds are prioritised for the necessities of life. The Rural Aid team works with key stakeholders in country towns to identify much-needed rebuilding and bring community makeover projects to life.”

“Importantly, the money raised will underpin our rural counselling services because one conversation at the right time, with the right person, can change everything. Rural Aid employs qualified, nationally registered counsellors to provide mental wellbeing support services to help build emotional resilience in farmers and farming families; aiming to reduce stress, depression and suicide in rural areas,” Mr Warlters concluded.

To help Australians authentically dress like a farmer for the Good Onya Mate concert, Rural Aid has appointed The Ringer from Queensland to explain how it’s done. He held a press conference today on how to speak like a farmer.

Official spokesperson, CEO John Warlters 0409618641
Unofficial spokesperson, The Ringer 0407652149
Media contact, Lyndsey Douglas 0424203935 media@ruralaid.org.au

Good Onya Mate concert 1 week away.

With the Good Onya Mate concert a week away, Rural Aid’s unofficial spokesperson, The Ringer, has issued his top 10 rules for dressing like a farmer. 

“We want all Australians to dress like a farmer and really get in the spirit for Rural Aid’s annual fundraising concert. This year, the concert is called Good Onya Mate and features the likes of Jimmy Barnes. You can all tune in from 7.30pm on Saturday 28 November on Channel 9,” The Ringer said from his paddock in central Queensland.

His advice for all Australians wanting to get involved with farmer fancy dress on the night is as follows. 

  1. A big, big hat: Aussie agriculture is one of the most sun-smart industries in the country. Wear the biggest broad-brimmed hat you can find, even if it says “Bunnings” on the band. 
  2. No ironing needed: That’s not to say farmers don’t care for their appearance, but when you’re heading out to a paddock, you generally don’t have time to “press and starch” the work wear. 
  3. Footwear to boot: A sturdy pair of leather boots will make you look the part. No need to polish them up. In fact, if they are a bit too shiny, maybe slip them on and go for a walk in the dirt. 
  4. Goodbye tie: Farmers don’t often wear ties, except maybe to a campdraft, wedding, awards ceremony or a Young Nationals Convention. They just aren’t practical and have a tendency to get caught in bench grinders. 
  5. Buckle up… within reason: When it comes to belt buckles, keep them reasonable, unless you’ve won a national rodeo championship. Some folk are basically walking around with a car bonnet below their stomachs and it’s a bit much.
  6. Watch the time: A watch can be handy in the bush to know when it’s time for smoko, arvo tea, supper and all the other meals in between. Feel free to wear one of those fitness trackers but bear in mind you’ll need to do about nine million steps to achieve your Farmer Badge. 
  7. Check the shirt: Sure, a lot of graziers choose plaid or checkered long-sleeve shirts (again, providing good sun protection) but that’s not a hard and fast rule. Neutral, earthy colours go well. Feel free to roll the sleeves up to the elbows.
  8. Slacks and dacks: Generally jeans or moleskins are the go-to attire for farmers when it comes to pants, maybe footy shirts if they’re in holiday mode. Jeggings, tracksuit pants, lycra and metallic fabric short shorts should be avoided. Stubbies or Ruggers are acceptable.
  9. Wear the style: It’s one thing to pull on some clothes; it’s another to embody a farmer. Visualise yourself as the owner of a 30,000 tree-orchard or a million acre cattle property, and embrace the look. It may help to lean on something while you’re having a yarn, or hook your thumbs into your jean pockets, and slouch.
  10. Work with what you’ve got: Don’t have a pair of RMs? Pull on some gumboots and you’re a dairy farmer. Or forego the footwear entirely and say you’re a sugar cane grower from Queensland. Being a farmer is about adapting to the conditions – go with what’s on hand.

Official spokesperson, CEO John Warlters 0409618641
Unofficial spokesperson, The Ringer 0407652149
Media contact, Lyndsey Douglas 0424203935 media@ruralaid.org.au

How to host a Good Onya Mate party at home next Saturday

Rural Aid’s annual fundraising concert is a week away, so Australians are being encouraged to host a Good Onya Mate gathering complete with farm inspired games, food, and fancy dress. 

CEO of Rural Aid, John Warlters said no matter where they live, Australians can help Rural Aid raise much-needed funds for Aussie farming families coping with the effects of Australia’s record-breaking drought and recent bushfires by hosting a Celebrate Good Onya Mate party. 

“It’s easy to get started – just borrow some of our ideas, gather your friends, family, and neighbours together, and tune into Channel 9 from 7.30pm on 28 November,” Mr Warlters said.

The organisation invites everyone to don a big hat, boots and a belt buckle on the night, using the hashtag #CelebrateGoodOnyaMate to have posts featured on Rural Aid’s live social media gallery. 

Farm-themed snacks including cow pat brownies and piggies in a blanket are ideal menu items. Recipes can be found at goodonyamate.org.au/celebrate/

The spotify playlist helps prepare for the concert line-up. 

“We encourage all party hosts to do an ‘Akubra pass-around’ for donations. Just $20 is enough to buy a bale of hay for a farmer’s livestock that are struggling to survive the drought.”

 The website goodonyamate.org.au/celebrate/ includes games such as concert bingo and a Jimmy Barnes quiz, decorations and donation links.