Inspiring interview with family crippled by drought moves viewers
Aussies all over Australia have banded together to support a hard-working NSW family struggling from the worst drought they have ever seen.
On Sunday evening, a story sharing the Jerry family’s struggle warmed the hearts of viewers who came together to help the farmers who spiralled into debt.
The Jerry’s run a sheep and cattling property near Coonabarabran in central NSW and have been dealing with unrelenting drought conditions.
Members who know the family told The Sunday Project the Jerry’s were at breaking point, and a GoFundMe fundraiser page had been made to support them.
“These people are not rich - they are the salt of the earth hard working Aussies who will do anything to keep their animals from suffering, and it's costing them everything they have, and more,” a family friend said on the fundraising page.
The farmers fell into a crippling debt as they were forking out $15,000 a month to keep their stock alive and healthy.
“It’s been the hardest year we’ve had - financially and everything else,” said 80-year-old Coral Jetty in an interview.
Coral explained she had lived on the farm for over 50 years, and was only entitled to $3.60 per fortnight from the pension because the farm she owns is deemed asset rich.
After Australians all over the country heard the heartbreaking story, they donated to the fundraising page - and raised a whopping $130,000 in just 15 minutes.
It took less than an hour for the campaign to reach more than $200,000.
By Monday morning, the amount had jumped up to more than $275,600.
On Friday, the page has received over $377,000 in support.
The organisers of the page took to social media to share their gratitude.
I'd like to pass on our sincerest thanks to all of you who have supported us this evening. This response is overwhelming and such a huge relief,” a statement read.
“Thanks doesn't convey the depth of our appreciation. As well as your amazing donations, we'll never forget the messages of support below - you've made us realise that we are not as alone, even in barest of paddocks. Thankyou.”
Visit the GoFundMe page to support the family.