Bi­ralee bakes cup­cakes for drought re­lief

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Bi­ralee Preschool taught an im­por­tant les­son to its chil­dren last week about the cur­rent drought af­fect­ing thou­sands of farms across NSW.

On Tues­day morn­ing 12 preschool­ers braved the cold weather to sell 250 cup­cakes out­side the Fin­ley IGA with all pro­ceeds do­nated to Drought Re­lief.

The preschool raised $290 on the day plus ran a week long ac­tiv­ity where the kids could wear a flan­nelette shirt with a gold coin do­na­tion.

Bi­ralee ed­u­ca­tor Julie Robin­son said the idea to sell cup­cakes came from one of the preschool­ers.

‘‘It all started at Bush Kin­der on a nearby pad­dock. The kids watched a farmer feed­ing his cat­tle, where he ex­plained they’re be­ing trucked down from Queens­land to be fed.

‘‘From that we all dis­cussed in groups how we could help the farm­ers and the kids said to buy wa­ter or food.

‘‘But one made the sug­ges­tion to bake cup­cakes and we all thought it was a great idea.

‘‘It’s been a good week for the kids; they’ve been re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic. We did a rain dance with them and they did bring some­thing.

‘‘They might be young but they’re start­ing to un­der­stand what’s go­ing on.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant they learn at a young age and the fact we’re liv­ing in a farm­ing com­mu­nity,’’ Mrs Robin­son said.

The cup­cakes were baked and dec­o­rated by the young­sters on Mon­day ahead of the stall on Tues­day.

(Back from left) Jes­sica Cole, Kayleigh Nolen, Julie Robin­son and Maicie Close; (sec­ond row) Lin­coln Price, Macey Pyle, Thomas Cole, Do­minic Lawlor, Neve Rickard; (third row) Meg Loughrdige, Isla Brockie, Jayde Munro, Wil­liam Har­ris, Elsie Mur­ray, Indi Bain; (front row) Juli­ette Steel and Lachie Urquhart.

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