HELP is on its way for Macleay farmers recovering from the flood - and the support is nigh on heaven-sent.
A special reach-out event will be held at Kempsey on May 21 - when a 'Rapid Relief Team' will set up camp and offer free bales of hay, mental health support, rural financial counselling and veterinary support.
There will also be a barbecue and the chance to talk about the road back from the widespread flooding event across the Macleay.
The Rapid Relief Team's (RRT) visit to the area is bannered as 'Farmers Community Connect' - and local rural residents are encouraged to make contact and take advantage of the day.
RRT has received 75 registrations from interested farming families on the Mid North Coast, but would like to see that number grow, RRT director Lester Sharples said.
"Around 1500 bales of hay are available for farmers in the flood-hit region thanks to community donations - but it's essential farmers register so we can plan the transport and delivery of the hay," he said.
The RRT is made up of volunteers of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.
As well as the event at Kempsey Showground from 7-11am on Friday, May 21, a new event in Wingham is scheduled for May 20.
"Locals are invited to enjoy lunch and the chance to connect with the local community and take advantage of the variety of services on offer," Mr Sharples said.
"These events also provide an opportunity for those who have done it tough to connect with others in the community and share their stories."
Mr Sharples said it was the Christian values of charity and compassion that motivated the RRT to help.
"It's in the weeks and months following a natural disaster that can be the most challenging, as the scale of the clean-up and recovery task becomes clear," he said.
"It can be daunting, but it's as a community we give each other the strength to get through."
The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church established the RRT in 2013 to express the church's principles of care and compassion. The RRT is staffed by church volunteers who provide catering services at a range of charitable events and emergencies.
Globally, the RRT has more than 14,500 volunteers and operates in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, France, the United States, Canada and Germany.
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