One of Australia’s largest rural charities, Rural Aid, is asking all Australians to get ready to host a “Good Onya Mate” gathering on 28 November as a message of solidarity to farmers across the country.

On this day, Nine will broadcast the Good Onya Mate fundraising concert – featuring a star-studded line up of local and international artists and heart-wrenching stories from farmers that Rural Aid has supported through drought, bushfire, food and COVID-19 this year.

CEO of Rural Aid, John Warlters, said that while Rural Aid can’t reveal the musicians and celebrities involved yet, Nine has promised a night of toe-tapping fun and stories of farmers who have benefited from Rural Aid’s assistance.

“The concert will raise funds to help farmers transition from emergency aid to recovery, to protect Australia’s food supply chain,” Mr Warlters said.

“Through all the difficulties 2020 threw at rural Australia, the farming sector has continued to ensure all Australian families have the range and quality of food we expect.”

The team at Rural Aid are encouraging families, friends and venues to host their own covid-safe socially-distanced celebrations during the concert.

“Whilst we can’t head to a crowded concert in 2020, we want Aussies to create their own covid-safe concert environment.”

“You could host a Good Onya Mate main street dinner in your rural town, a street or house party, or attend a pub or restaurant event if you’re in a city. And while you’re at it, why not get in the spirit and dress like a farmer.” – John Warlters, CEO of Rural Aid.

To help Australians authentically dress like a farmer, Rural Aid has appointed The Ringer from Queensland to explain how it’s done. He held a press conference earlier today. 

The Ringer helps Australians prepare for the Good Onya Mate concert, 28 November 2020.

Official spokesperson, CEO John Warlters 0409618641
Unofficial spokesperson, The Ringer 0407652149
Media contact, Lyndsey Douglas 0424203935