The drought hits hard across western Queensland.
The drought hits hard across western Queensland. Louise Richardson

Vinnies urges farmers to forget pride and ask for help

ST VINCENT de Paul Society is calling for local farmers to take advantage of its Drought Appeal for Queensland Farming Communities.

With 57 per cent of the state in drought, the charity is offering to help affected individuals and families with their immediate living costs such as groceries, bills, fuel or food for working dogs.

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland's Northern Diocese president John Harrison, once a small property owner himself, encouraged farmers to pick up the phone or call into the local office.

"We want them to know they can call our helpline and we will be there, ready and waiting to deliver support,” he said.

"Farmers can be very proud people and will not reach out for help when they need it the most.

"If you can't come to us, we are more than happy to make the trip out to you.”

Vinnies sources most of its donation funds from its second-hand shops around the country.

If you or any farmer you know is experiencing hardship due to the drought, don't hesitate to call 1800 846 643 today.