Charity encourages Australians to dress and ‘yarn’ like a farmer for fundraising concert

By Shannon Jenkins

November 23, 2020


The unofficial spokesperson for Rural Aid’s “Good Onya Mate” concert has encouraged Australians to learn how to ‘yarn’ like a farmer ahead of the fundraising event on Saturday night.

The concert will be broadcast by the Nine Network on November 28, with a lineup including Jimmy Barnes, Birds Of Tokyo, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Vera Blue, Kate Ceberano, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, and more.

The funds raised will go towards the charity’s new Stronger Futures program, which aims to help farmers develop strong and sustainable futures for their families and local communities, according to Rural Aid CEO John Warlters.

“Rural Aid’s Stronger Futures initiatives include our Farm Army. That’s thousands of Farm Army volunteers who give their time to help rural communities rebuild and repair following natural disasters,” he said.

“We’ll also revitalise towns through the Our Towns community renewal program. In drought-affected areas, community facilities often become rundown as scarce funds are prioritised for the necessities of life. The Rural Aid team works with key stakeholders in country towns to identify much-needed rebuilding and bring community makeover projects to life.

“Importantly, the money raised will underpin our rural counselling services because one conversation at the right time, with the right person, can change everything. Rural Aid employs qualified, nationally registered counsellors to provide mental wellbeing support services to help build emotional resilience in farmers and farming families; aiming to reduce stress, depression and suicide in rural areas.”

Rural Aid’s unofficial spokesperson for the fundraiser, known as The Ringer, has called on Australians to learn how to talk like a farmer for the concert.

“Why not start with, ‘Good onya mate’. Now you see what we did there? We didn’t use ‘you’, we used ‘ya’. Because we don’t say ‘you’ in the bush … Unless of course you’re talking to somebody who’s just bought a female sheep at a sale,” he said from his paddock in central Queensland.

“Cause then you’d say, ‘G’day Bruce. How’s ya ewe ya bought?”

Rural Aid has also encouraged Australians to dress like a farmer for the event, and to post a photo of their outfits with the hashtag #goodonyamate as a message of solidarity to farmers across the country.

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