Elaine Raffin and Allie Lovett at the rural women's walk in Wooroolin on Monday.
Elaine Raffin and Allie Lovett at the rural women's walk in Wooroolin on Monday. Jessica McGrath

GALLERY: Women step out to show support in drought

"WITH the drought biting the way it is, it is more important than ever for us to keep supporting each other in any way we can."

This is why BIEDO CEO Kristy Frahm organised the Women in Workshirts Walk in Wooroolin today.

More than 30 women went for the walk along the rail trail as part of the third annual event.

The event celebrated the upcoming international day of rural women on October 15 and this week's Queensland Mental Health week.

"This is a lovely way to acknowledge all of the women who make a contribution to our communities and businesses in so many different places and spaces," she said.

The recognition of rural women extended beyond those working in agriculture.

"Women in rural communities wear multiple hats, they don't just run a business," Ms Frahm said.

"They are actively involved in the community and helping to contribute to the liveability in our rural communities."

 

The walk was an opportunity for the women to connect, support and encourage one another.

"We're super busy in our day to day, and may not always prioritise our health so taking time out for things like this is important," she said.

"Getting outside, connecting with other people and having a bit of change of scenery is what people look forward to about the walk."

Taking time for your mental health is the core message of mental health week this week.

"We don't want people to feel isolated at times like this when they are faced with adversity, that's why it's important to stay connected," Ms Frahm said.

"We need to take time for ourselves and check in with others."

The women then met for further community over morning tea hosted by the Wooroolin QCWA.

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