Stu­dents raise money, aware­ness

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Goroke P-12 Col­lege VCAL stu­dents have raised more than $2000 for char­i­ties this year, cul­mi­nat­ing in the pre­sen­ta­tion of a cheque for $1000 to The Naked Farmer’s Ben Brooksby.

The stu­dents have worked through­out the year to raise money for var­i­ous causes, with $700 do­nated to the Buy a Bale farm drought re­lief cam­paign and $400 go­ing to the Love Your Sis­ter breast can­cer char­ity.

Ear­lier this month the stu­dents or­gan­ised a men­tal health aware­ness night at Goroke Golf Club to co­in­cide with the pre­sen­ta­tion of $1000 to The Naked Farmer.

It high­lighted Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice of Aus­tralia’s men­tal health unit and the ser­vices it can pro­vide to peo­ple in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

VCAL stu­dents also served a two-course meal to more than 100 peo­ple who at­tended the night.

Mr Brooksby cre­ated The Naked Farmer char­ity last year as a way to raise money and aware­ness for men­tal health in the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try.

He was un­able to at­tend the event at Goroke Golf Club, but pre-recorded an in­ter­view with se­nior VCAL stu­dent Re­bekah Lear that was played for at­ten­dees.

Lear spear­headed fundrais­ing ef­forts and spent months or­gan­is­ing the night.

She said it was im­por­tant for peo­ple liv­ing in re­mote ar­eas to dis­cuss men­tal health and sup­port each other. “Un­for­tu­nately, liv­ing in the coun­try you some­times don’t get the same ac­cess and help as you would in the city,” she said.

“Per­haps this could ex­plain why the men­tal health and sui­cide rate has risen quite dra­mat­i­cally in ru­ral ar­eas.”

Goroke P-12 Col­lege VCAL co-or­di­na­tor Kylie Charl­ton said all of her stu­dents had worked hard to make the event a suc­cess.

“The VCAL kids did it all – they did let­ters to busi­nesses, we had raf­fles and door prizes,” she said.

“It took more than six months of or­gan­is­ing, so it was good to fi­nally do it.”

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