This drought, more than any other is about individuals and families. Subsidies for fodder and interest rates are a part of the solution which will assist in maintaining the production asset base of agriculture but the most important asset is the people who are currently experiencing the impact of drought in a number of varied ways.
Most droughts are personal - the impacts and the solutions are applicable to an individual business. Those who remember the drought lectures of previous years will relate to the need to avoid "group think" in managing the outcomes for your individual business. Because of the personal nature of drought management, isolation can however become a barrier to effective management. While a degree of stress is part of the normal fabric of managing an agricultural business the prolonged uncertainty associated with a drought creates an added level of stress and anxiety. The way we feel and act will change from time to time. It's helpful to know what to expect and to learn constructive ways of managing the changes which may occur. It is also important to know when to get extra support. It is also important to know that while you may be grappling with the drought in your individual way, there are others in the same boat feeling the same frustrations and emotions as you.
That's what "CALL A MARCUS MATE" is about - give someone you went through Marcus with a call, just to touch base and see how things are going.
Let someone know that they aren't in this by themselves and that others are aware of what is going on - it's a two way thing - by making the call you may be also helping yourself.
As an alumni - show you care about your mates, show you are concerned about their well-being, show your compassion by making the phone call.