Aussie farmer celebrates as torrential rain falls on his land
A video has gone viral on social media this week, which shows an Australian farmer celebrating rain falling on his parched fields.
The video was posted to Facebook by New South Wales farmer Bryce Chapman; who was so excited by the downpour that he filmed a selfie video of himself outside, laughing and cheering over the inclement weather after a long drought.
At one point, a highly-excited Chapman even shouts to a herd of his own cows: "Here’s some rain to give you some feed!"
Take a look at the heartwarming video below:
This video comes just a few days after the Bureau of Meteorology published a map showing the rain forecast for the state of NSW, which predicted heavy rainfall which could help combat the devastating wildfires that have plagued the region after one of the hottest summers on record.
Commenting on the news, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service tweeted: "If this @BOM_NSW rainfall forecast comes to fruition then this will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one. Fingers crossed.
#NSWRFS #nswfires [sic]"
In a follow-up post made days later, the NSW RFS tweeted: "Rain has fallen across most firegrounds over the last 24 hours which is great news! Our fingers are crossed that this continues over the coming days. This morning 82 fires are still burning across New South Wales, with over 30 still yet to be contained. [sic]"
If you'd like to make a donation to the human and animal relief efforts, then please consider visiting one of the organizations listed below:
How you can donate:
The NSW Rural Fire Service has multiple options for direct donations. You can donate to the RFS as a whole, or to specific brigades. You can donate through bank transfer, credit card or cheque.
For bank transfers, there is a set bank account (Account Name: NSW Rural Fire Service, BSB: 032-001, Account No: 171051). This account is for the RFS as a whole.
This link will take you to the landing page for credit card donations. You can donate to the RFS general fund or choose specific brigades from the dropdown box.
In Queensland, Fire and Rescue advise that you can donate both money and items through the website givit.org.au. The website allows fire-affected communities to list what they specifically need, from water tanks in Yeppoon to school uniforms in Zillmere.
In Victoria, the Country Fire Authority has two bank accounts - one for specific brigades and one for the general fund.
If you cannot find the particular brigade you are looking for, you can contact them directly.