Almost $100,000 was raised for helping Australian farmers for drought relief by “Sydney Muslim Cyclists’ and their sponsors where more than 100 men and women in 3 groups cycled from Belmore Sports Ground to Brighton Le Sands and back.

The effort was part of an all day Human Appeal Farmers Drought Family Day Fundraiser on Sunday 23 September at Belmore Sports Grounds, the home of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, that also included a sausage sizzle and family fun activities such as jumping castles, face painting, zoo petting, pony rides and much more.

A major Muslim aid organisation Human Appeal Australia (HAA) as part of the generous Australian community  initiated an urgent drought relief campaign to keep the Australian farmers standing and working on their farms.

The funds raised will be used to give away food hampers, deliver water and bales of hay for livestock as well as provide cash support to farmers for financial relief.

Photo courtesy of Dr Tarek Sari.

With NSW recording its driest year since 1965 and Australian farmers in the eastern part of the country suffering from extreme drought conditions affecting their crops and animals, Muslims have come to rescue in innovative ways from praying for rain, supplying farmers with feed for livestock and raising funds for food hampers and cash relief for drought-affected farmers.

Towards the middle of September, another major Muslim charity, Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) in partnership with other Muslim aid organisations in NSW and Queensland delivered 30,000 kg of hay bales to farmers hard hit by the ongoing drought.

Muslim Aid Australia delivered over 30,000kgs of hay bales as drought relief for farmers in Australia.

Three trucks rolled into Goondiwindi in the NSW-Queensland border, where the aid was delivered to dozens of farmers struggling with the current drought.

In the acute absence of rains across NSW and parts of Queensland, the hay bales will go a long way in ensuring that the livestock are able to get a decent feed and continue being a source of income to the farmers.

MAA’s Drought Relief is part of ongoing efforts to relieve the suffering farmers in Australia and continues the aid delivered last month, where over 100 Food Hampers were provided to farmers in Rowena, NSW.

MAA is planning to distribute 10 more truckloads of hay bales to farmers during the month of October.

MAA National, wholly and exclusively responsible for humanitarian aid projects inside Australia, is committed to helping everyday Australians in need.

A number of other Muslim organisations have been raising funds over the last month to help Australian farmers. Earlier on Friday 7 September, the Australian Malayalee Islamic Association (AMIA) replaced its Eid celebration event with a community kitchen in order to raise funds for farmers. The funds were handed to Ms Julia Finn MP to be passed on to Rural Aid Australia, an NGO helping farmers.

The cyclists’ groups in addition to Sydney Muslim Cyclists’ included Sydney Cycling Sisters and the High Street Flyers.

The advanced riders cycled through the daunting hills of Alfords Pt and Bangor Bypass. The intermediate group navigated King Georges Rd, Tom Uglys and Captain Cook Bridge while the beginners rode through the scenic Cooks River Cycleway.

Other participating players for the effort of fundraising included:

  • NSW Police Force / Campsie Police Area Command
  • Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
  • NSW SES Canterbury Unit
  • Councillor Bilal El-Hayek – City of Canterbury Bankstown
  • Deputy Mayor Nadia Saleh- City of Canterbury Bankstown
  • Lakemba Travel Centre
  • Fettayleh Smallgoods
  • Lighthouse Community Support
  • Belmore Boys High School