At just 17 years-old, Annabelle Kingston is one of those people who makes things happen around her. The Sydney-based school student is improving the lives of farming families across Australia by sending those in need a special gift of love and support.
Raised on a mixed farm in the Riverina at Tootool, which as the crow flies, is only a short distance from AgriFutures Australia’s headquarters in Wagga Wagga, Annabelle has seen first-hand the impact drought can have on small communities.
“We are always being taught at school to do things that can make the world a better place,” said Annabelle who is at boarding school.
“I did something about an issue and my message to other young rural women is that one person can make a difference. Women are amazing and whatever you do, set your mind to it, and let nothing stop you.”
A family road trip to Longreach in Queensland became the catalyst for change.
“Just because the grass is green doesn’t mean everything is okay because after years of drought farmers still have massive debt,” said Annabelle.
“In Longreach it was so dry, there was no grass left and it was such an eye opener.”
“Your natural instinct is to help, and I just put it into action.”