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