Sum­mon­ing the rain

Stu­dents do a rain dance for farm­ers

Central Queensland News - - NEWS / WELCOME - Aden Stokes Aden.Stokes@cqnews.com.au

LAST Fri­day Deni­son State School stu­dents dressed as farm­ers and flocked to the school oval to per­form a rain dance, in the hope the heav­ens above would drench the re­gion in some much needed rain.

Year 6 stu­dent at Deni­son State School Flynn Car­roll was hope­ful the dance would make it rain on CQ.

“Hope­fully we can raise lots of money for the farm­ers who are strug­gling,” he said.

“If we didn’t have farm­ers we wouldn’t have that much Aus­tralian food – they are go­ing through a hard time.”

Un­for­tu­nately, Emer­ald re­mained dry as ever.

How­ever, Deni­son State School did raise an as­ton­ish­ing $2345 for A Fiver for a Farmer, an on­line ini­tia­tive that raises funds for Ru­ral Aid and Drought An­gels in a bid to help drought-stricken farm­ers.

Year 6 teacher at Deni­son State School Kelly Thomas said the idea was pre­sented to her af­ter one of her stu­dents had seen A Fiver for a Farmer on Sun­rise.

She said it was im­por­tant for the school to get be­hind the cause be­cause a lot of stu­dents were from farms.

“These kids have grown up on farms,” she said.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant that we sup­port our lo­cal farm­ers as well as our na­tional farm­ers.

“I am hop­ing the farm­ers get what they need. I am hop­ing they get the amount of rain they need to sus­tain what they are grow­ing – they are hav­ing a hard time.

“We need to get some rain, we need a lot of rain.”

She said there were many dif­fer­ent ways peo­ple could lend a help­ing hand.

“Peo­ple can help by sup­port­ing Aus­tralian prod­ucts, buy­ing lo­cal prod­ucts and just do­nat­ing where they can,” she said.

“I know it is hard for a lot of fam­i­lies but if they can give $5 it makes a dif­fer­ence to a lot of strug­gling farm­ers around the re­gion.”

Bread and 300 sausages were also do­nated by CQ Ag Ser­vices, and were avail­able for a fur­ther $2 do­na­tion.

PHO­TOS: ADEN STOKES

MAGIC FOR­MULA: Deni­son State School held a rain dance on their oval last Fri­day to help raise money for drought-stricken farm­ers.

Year 6 stu­dent Flynn Car­roll takes part in the rain dance last Fri­day.

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