Students dig deep
Tocumwal Public School has supported farming families affected by the drought by donating an enormous amount of non-perishable goods to the Barooga Lions Club’s Need for Feed campaign.
Organised by the Student Representative Committee (SRC), students and their families generously donated goods to be distributed by the Lions club.
Barooga Lions Club secretary and Need for Feed campaign assistant secretary Darren Laffan was at the school on August 27 to receive the goods.
‘‘We are blown away by the generosity of the students of Tocumwal Public School. This shows farmers that there are people who care about them,’’ Mr Laffan said.
‘‘All goods donated in this area are collected by the Barooga Sporties and are distributed by the Lions club to the 1500 families that we have on our books at the moment.’’
It was a monumental effort by the Tocumwal Public School community to pull everything together so quickly, with baskets for food collection only sent home with students on August 8.
Each term the SRC comes up with a different fundraiser idea to support a particular cause or charity.
Last term the focus was on supporting people with brain cancer, but this term there was only ever going to be one thing students wanted to hone in on and assist with.
‘‘All the students on the SRC were very passionate about supporting our farmers and it was the obvious choice this term,’’ SRC coordinator Ros Gastin said.
‘‘We do have a large portion of students from farming backgrounds. It was lovely for them to see there are plenty of people willing to make a difference.’’
Instead of simply doing a gold coin donation like it would normally do, the SRC wanted to change it up this term and donate goods instead of money in order to make its show of support more tangible to battling farmers.
Ms Gastin said the school community’s generosity was so above and beyond that it caught her off-guard.
‘‘It was very heartwarming to see. It obviously really struck a nerve with the kids and parents — I certainly wasn’t expecting to receive the amount of donations that we did,’’ she said.
‘‘The Need for Feed volunteers pointed out to us that it has been the small country towns that have really opened their hearts to farmers.
‘‘Darren actually got quite emotional when he came to accept the goods. They needed a couple of utes just to take it all to where it needed to go before Father’s Day.’’
Ms Gastin said the school could not have been any prouder of the SRC for its efforts.
‘‘They are very aware of helping others — that’s what the SRC is ultimately in place for. We run activities both in the school and outside the school with the primary focus of bettering the community,’’ she said.
She said donated products included toiletries, washing powder and food.
In a nice touch, all the students and teachers dressed up in their best farming outfits to show their support.
Great job: The Tocumwal Public School SRC organised a mountain of goods to be delivered to drought-affected farmers in southern NSW.