Whilst they don’t have the power to make it rain, next week Triple M‘s Big Breakfast with Marto, Robin, Nick Cody and sports all-rounder Ben ‘Dobbo’ Dobbin, along with Rural Aid, will head west on a very special radio road trip to three rural Queensland towns to Lend a Hand for the Land.
Over three days, the team will broadcast from Charleville, St George and Roma, sharing the locals’ stories on-air, raising much-needed funds and giving people some well-deserved laughs when Nick Cody puts on a free comedy show for the community each night.
Marto says, “For those of us who live in Brisbane it’s sometimes easy to forget the devasting impact the sustained drought is having on our rural and regional towns. For those drought-declared communities (who represent 65% of the state), the lack of rain over several years has resulted in failed crops, poor pasture growth and significant concerns about stock, irrigation and rural domestic water supplies.
“Not to mention the impact it has had on the mental health of those people trying to survive the harsh and stressful conditions. That’s why this radio road trip is important. It’s important we head out west, to the homes of our fellow Queenslanders and share their stories with their city friends, because we are all in this together.”
Dobbo, a former western Queensland local, knows firsthand the impact of drought having worked on rural properties for much of his life including as a jackeroo, stock and station agent and meat wholesaler, and says, “Folks on the land are doing it tough and it’s important that those of us who are in a privileged position do everything we can to make sure their voices are heard. We all need to dig deep and help our rural brothers and sisters because the fact is, without farmers, none of us eat.”
- Monday August 26 – Free evening Comedy Show in Charleville
- Tuesday August 27 – The Big Breakfast OB from Charleville + free evening Comedy Show in St George
- Wednesday August 28 – The Big Breakfast OB from St George + free evening Comedy Show in Roma
- Thursday August 29 – The Big Breakfast OB from Roma
Donations can be made to Lend a Hand for the Land through Rural Aid and all money raised will stay in Queensland to support local farmers.