Throughout the 2019 Telstra Premiership finals, the NRL is lending support to drought-stricken farmers via Rural Aid's Buy a Bale initiative.

Rural Aid is one of the largest rural charities in Australia. It was founded by Charles and Tracy Alder in 2015 to provide a support program for farmers in rural Australia.

The organisation has two primary goals: to provide support to farmers and rural communities in times of natural disasters such as floods, droughts and bushfires as well as supporting the sustainability of the agricultural sector.

Rural Aid first caught the attention of the wider community through its Buy a Bale campaign which primarily provides fodder to farmers affected by drought.

Rural Aid is now proving fodder, water, financial assistance, community activities, a volunteer program and even mental health counselling to farmers in affected areas.

Each Australian farmer produces enough food to feed 600 people, and 93 per cent of the nation's food supply. When our farmers are impacted by natural disasters, there is a direct effect on everyone. 

NRL players like Marty Taupau have already donated to the cause, and now it's your turn. 

To donate, and play your part, whether it’s big or small, simply text FOOTY to 0437 371 371 and donate $5 or more to http://buyabale.com.au  – a Rural Aid initiative.