Shannon Noll is releasing a new charity song this week, with 100% of the proceeds going to drought relief.
The song, titled ‘Lean On Me’, should be available online by Friday and can be pre-ordered right now, according to Nollsie. 100% of the proceeds goes to the charity organisation, Drought Angels.
Noll performed at Nine’s Drought Relief Appeal in Dubbo earlier this morning, and in between songs he spoke to the crew from Today about why this issue is so important
“This time of year…there should be green, lush crops all over the place,” Noll said, who grew up on a farm in the rural town of Condobolin, NSW.
“Obviously, farmers are a pretty tough breed, you know?” he continued. “They believe they can do it on their own most times. I think the biggest concern is the mental state of a lot of people. They’re fourth generation farmers, these people, and they’re the generation that lost the farm. It’s a very hard thing to live with. We’ve gotta be able to talk to our friends and neighbours on the farm, have a coffee or a beer or whatever, and just make sure they’re okay.”
He also spoke to 9News how his experience in farming, and how the drought now hits so close to home due to his past experiences with being unable to produce crops and having to sell his family’s farm after his father passed away.
“We failed two years in a row and it’s just crippling to see your crops dying,” Noll said.
“We were in so much debt but also not being able to feed your stock is one of the most heart-wrenching things in the world. To walk off that property that my grandfather’s father bought was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. We felt like we let everyone down, let Dad’s memory down.”
You can watch his performance of the song here.