Flan­nies help farm­ers

Gayn­dah State School raises funds

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Fe­lic­ity Ripper Fe­lic­ity.Ripper@cnbtimes.com.au

WHEN Gayn­dah State School teach­ers re­ceived a let­ter from the Chin­chill­abased Drought An­gels re­quest­ing as­sis­tance to help farm­ers in need, they knew they had to find a way to help.

Stu­dents and staff donned flan­nelette shirts on Fri­day and raised more than $400 to help farm­ers strug­gling through drought.

“Some of our stu­dents knew first hand what it was like liv­ing on the land and vul­ner­a­ble to what­ever the el­e­ments dealt them,” teacher Leah Trott said.

“Our staff reg­u­larly did trop­i­cal shirt Fri­day for a bit of fun so our Year 6 teacher Cam Wil­lis sug­gested we do Flanny Fri­day and use it as a fundraiser for Drought An­gels.

“The chil­dren and staff were very ex­cited to be able to dress as farm­ers and come in our flan­nelette shirts.”

Teach­ers pre­pared their stu­dents for the oc­ca­sion by dis­cussing what drought was through­out the week, and show­ing videos and doc­u­men­taries of farm­ers and fam­i­lies af­fected by drought.

“Stu­dents spoke of times when they had to tend to their stock when feed was low and wit­ness the stress in their fam­i­lies as they waited anx­iously for rain,” Mrs Trott said.

A Drought An­gels rep­re­sen­ta­tive said the or­gan­i­sa­tion has been in­un­dated with calls for help, and there­fore they have had to scale back the amount of sup­port each farmer re­ceives.

Mrs Trott said the school was about com­mu­nity and grow­ing a gen­er­a­tion of chil­dren who val­ued the im­por­tance of help­ing oth­ers in need.

Drought An­gels will use this money for gro­cery ham­pers, care pack­ages, IGA gift cards, pre-paid visas or stock­feed/dog food to do­nate to fam­i­lies in need.

“We truly ap­pre­ci­ate the gen­eros­ity of our fam­ily and the Gayn­dah com­mu­nity,” Mrs Trott said.

The school’s morn­ing pa­rade on Flanny Fri­day started with an im­promptu sing-along to clas­sic Aus­tralian songs be­fore con­tin­u­ing the usual rou­tines and speeches.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FLANNY FRI­DAY: Gayn­dah State School stu­dents donned their flan­nelette shirts to raise money for the farm­ers strug­gling in the drought.

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