The rural wrap-up: Charities respond to speculation, dogs set the pace

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There has been plenty of media attention on just where donations are going to charities who are providing drought support, with speculation that money is being spent on wages and not farmers.

 The Western Magazine spoke to charities who have been providing support to drought affected farmers and communities.

The Cobber Dog Challenge is well underway, with some competitors already clocking up more than 200 kilometres of work.

Rural charities defend themselves against public speculation:

 DONATIONS: Need for Feed organiser Graham Cockerell has been delivering hay to farmers in need. Picture: Rob Gunstone.

DONATIONS: Need for Feed organiser Graham Cockerell has been delivering hay to farmers in need. Picture: Rob Gunstone.

Graham Cockerell, founder of Need for Feed, which is a project of the Lions Club said 100 per cent of what people donate goes in aid to farmers, whether that be through purchasing fodder or providing transport for it.

Rapid Relief Team say all of the public donations for the WA trip went to farmers:

Rapid Relief Team in Condobolin recently. Photo: Rachel Webb.

Rapid Relief Team in Condobolin recently. Photo: Rachel Webb.

There has been allegations against Western Australian rural charity Rapid Relief Team, which recently delivered 2000 bales of hay to central west farmers.

Vinnies, Red Cross respond to questions regarding drought donations:

 Rural appeals: Drought affected Loomberah, near Tamworth. Photo: Supplied.

Rural appeals: Drought affected Loomberah, near Tamworth. Photo: Supplied.

Two of Australia’s leading charity organisations, the St Vincent de Paul Society and Australian Red Cross have each responded to questions put forward by the Western Magazine.

Both launched their own state-wide drought appeal.

Man’s best friend put to the ultimate test:

Loyal: NSW competitors Glenda Rogan with her dog Jess, who is currently sitting in second position on the leaderboard. Photo: Supplied

Loyal: NSW competitors Glenda Rogan with her dog Jess, who is currently sitting in second position on the leaderboard. Photo: Supplied

Working dogs across Australia have been put to the test in this year’s Cobber Dog Challenge.

Destination Outback help struggling farmers with welcome donation:

Welcome donation: Members of Destination Outback with the cheque. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Welcome donation: Members of Destination Outback with the cheque. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

A group of volunteers presented a cheque of $10,000 to Channel Nine, to help assist drought affected farmers.

Shannon Noll performs for drought relief telethon:

Shannon Noll performed for a large crowd during Channel Nine's Farm Aid telethon. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Shannon Noll performed for a large crowd during Channel Nine's Farm Aid telethon. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Former Australian Idol contestant, Shannon Noll, sang ‘What About Me’ for fans during the Today Show’s live Farm Aid Telethon broadcast.

It has been a troubling few weeks for the singer when he was involved in an on-stage incident at this year’s Duck Creek Races. But it seems he has put all that behind him.

Croc wrangler shares his story about life on the land:

Hay, thanks for helping: Croc wrangler Matt Wright was at the Dubbo Showgrounds for the drought relief telethon. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Hay, thanks for helping: Croc wrangler Matt Wright was at the Dubbo Showgrounds for the drought relief telethon. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Matt Wright knows first-hand how resilient Australian farmers are.

Australians wait with baited breath for rain:

Local stock and station agent Bill Tatt. Photo: File.

Local stock and station agent Bill Tatt. Photo: File.

In Bill Tatt’s latest column, he reports that the first rain band may be followed by at least two more fronts that may bring that much needed follow up rain.

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