Dick Smith gives entire annual profits to drought charity

A QUEENSLAND-BASED charity that relies completely on donations and volunteers has been given a major helping hand.

Dick Smith Foods has donated its entire annual profits of $1 million to Aussie Farmers, which helps out drought stricken families.

“Depression is rife out there,” Aussie Farmer founder Brian Egan explains.


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“In the past six months we’ve flown about 18 or 19 psychologists out to the farms. And we pay for all this,” he says.

Mr Egan was overwhelmed by today’s generous donation.

“I’m just an ordinary bloke from the bush just doing what I think is right but wow, you’ve really surprised me this morning.”

Mr Egan and his wife, Nerida, lost their south west Queensland property through drought in 2000.

Brian Egan and his wife Nerida founded Aussie Helpers in 2002. Image: Aussie Helpers

Brian Egan and his wife Nerida founded Aussie Helpers in 2002.
Image: Aussie Helpers

“I was in a deep depression. I was in hospital for 12 months.

“My psychologist told me the only way I could fight it was to find someone who was worse off than me and help them.”

Two years later Aussie Helpers was started.

You can also donate to Aussie Helpers through their website.

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