More local schools join support for the community and raised money for those doing it tough on the land.
Mater Dei Catholic College hosted a Give a Fiver for a Farmer yesterday, raising over $1500 and students were encouraged to up-cycle clothing they already had at home and come dressed as a farmer for the day, giving up to five dollars for the cause.
Senior teacher at Mater Dei Amelia Bright said the day was “hugely successful” and an initiative started with the students.
“Our drought relief fundraiser was an initiative of the Student Representative Council, an active group of young people, who represent the student voice in the school community,” Ms Bright said.
“They were interested in raising funds and student awareness of the plight of our families and community who are struck by our nation’s drought.
“As a Catholic school, Mater Dei students recognise their role in supporting faith in action, through community service projects and this situation was another way in which we could support the work of St Vincent de Paul.”
Vinnnies have an active presence in regional communities and are staying in close contact with affected families to determine and monitor local needs for on-going financial assistance.
They are encouraging anyone in the community, including residents and businesses, to get behind the NSW Major Drought Appeal by making donations.
“There are so many farmers doing it far far worse than us, and it’s been incredible to see communities pulling together during this emergency to help where they can,” said Kelly Morgan, Vinnies’ exectuive officer for central west and far western NSW regions.
The Vinnies Drought Appeal will help individuals and communities across NSW in three ways:
- Provide immediate relief through food assistance and other household bill payments;
- Fund the delivery of water and animal feed by partner organisations; and
- Organise social events for rural communities to come together and find support.
Forest Hill Public School also hosted a farmer day, raising just $600 in one day for the drought appeal.
Teacher Emma Serafin said the SRC organised to raise funds for the farmers and the whole school dressed up in farming clothes and donated money.
“Many students brought in their own pocket money or donated as much as they could to show their support,” Ms Serafin said.
“We raised $600 in one day and we are very proud of our efforts.”