Through drought, fires, floods and now a pandemic, Australian farmers continue to deal with the tough times that are thrown their way.
Over the past few months their plight has continued which is why Rural Aid has launched a new initiative to lift their spirits.
The #DearFarmer campaign will let those people on the land know they are not forgotten during these times.
The project will send farmers messages of hope through digital letters/
Rural Aid chief executive officer John Warlters said farmers were the backbone of communities and should be acknowledged for their contributions.
"We'd like to show our farmers and rural communities that we see and value them especially in uncertain times. Over Christmas 2018, we sent over 3000 letters written by school children to our farmers," Mr Warlters said.
"Some were written in crayon, others covered in glitter, but all had the same heartfelt message - letting farmers know how much they are appreciated.
"The response from farmers was incredible. Many spoke of the tears they shed reading their letters and their gratitude to the many school children who were thinking of them.
"This year, we've taken this incredible initiative digital so, we can reach as many people as possible to send letters of hope.
"We can't make it rain, but we can take a moment to sit down and write a note, or draw a picture, for our farmers."
Mr Warlters said notes of hope can be shared through social media.
To share your message of hope go to www.ruralaid.org.au/write-dearfarmer-letter/
- Share a virtual message with our farmers by using the hashtag #DearFarmer - don't forget to tag @ruralaid.
- Write a digital letter and post on our #DearFarmer wall.
- Businesses can get involved by sharing the Dear Farmer page with their employees or by getting in touch with Rural Aid directly.