THOUSANDS of Anzac biscuits and fruit cakes have made their way around drought affected Queensland and into the mailboxes of farming families.
These anonymous gifts of baked love made by ordinary Queenslanders during February and March sent the message to farmers that people in the city are thinking of them, and they care.
With nearly 90% of the state now drought-declared, it is time again to show farmers the spirit of mateship.
“This is a call to arms, a call to bake, a call to launch your own branch of Baked Relief, to once again rally and support our farmers,” Baked Relief founder Danielle Crismani said.
We have seen over the past few months what a profound impact the simple act of home baking can have. Each item, wrapped with paper or ribbons, carried a hand written note, and with it best wishes from the city to the bush.
“This isn’t about feeding tummies, this is about feeding hearts,” Danielle said.
As Anzac day approaches it is time to reflect that drought may not be war but for farmers, it is a battle of survival.
Therefore, Baked Relief is encouraging people to bake Anzac biscuits for Anzac Day and include a personal note to a farming family.
- For Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Anzacs and fruit cakes can be dropped off to selected locations on April 24 and 25. These will be distributed to the farming community via the Queensland Rural, Regional & Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN).
- In other regions around Queensland Baked Relief is looking to recruit volunteers to manage Baked Relief branches that respond to local needs. For more information on how you can get involved, visit Baked Relief on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bakedrelief or their website at www.bakedrelief.org.You can also join the conversation on twitter via #lovetothewest #bakedrelief.