For someone so young Zoe Hayes has made great strides as a stock woman, as well as an emerging leader in the rural and agricultural sectors. Based in North West Queensland, the 23 year old has had quite a journey in her career so far, from jillaroo, to small business owner, to international mental health advocate, she is one to watch.

Not from a farming background, it was early on at secondary school when a couple of ringers from Jumbuck Pastoral were guest speakers at her school talking to the students about the jobs available on stations.

"I just thought to myself - I want to do that.”

Zoe 2.jpeg

Fast forward a few years and Zoe is currently working as a jillaroo for the Curley Families Brahman cattle stud, Gipsy Plains Brahmans, in Cloncurry, Queensland. She is also the proud owner of two small personal business's. ZHE, a rural photography page which she aspires to take from hobby to viable business, entwining her love of agriculture, rural photography as well as family portraiture. Her second business is 'Made by Zoehayes_Eaton', a small handmade clothing and craft business currently located on a cattle station in north/west Queensland. Zoe spends her spare time behind the lens and making bright, bold, colourful creations.

Over this wet season Zoe spent her holiday travelling down central Queensland and to Tamworth New South Wales. It was whilst on holiday she heard of the death of Dolly Everett and it struck something within her. Having lost her mum to suicide in 2012 and attempting to take her own life in 2016, Zoe knew that we all needed to start talking more openly about mental health and suicide.

So this inspirational AgWomen started the #DollupDepression campaign on Facebook and Instagram. Pledging to donate 10% of her 'Made by zoehayes_eaton' proceeds to Beyond Blue for the whole of 2018.

"I've created this page because I want to make a difference. I'm inspired by the work that Beyond Blue does and I want to support them. Every donation helps and makes a significant impact to mental health in Australia, so thank you for your generosity."

Zoe has dreams of using her experiences, determination and drive to become a public speaker and to working with youth who may be struggling, and in particular ones effected by mental health issues within the Australian agriculture and rural industries.

Zoe, you have been through so much already in your life, your strength and resilience is a true testament to you, and we admire your passion and drive for helping others. The agriculture industry will only benefit from having such a great advocate speaking out about the real effects of mental health. Thank you, keep up the amazing work.

If you want to help #DollupDepression to make a difference then follow this link -
https://individual-fundraiser-ongoing.everydayhero.com/au/dollupdepression