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Oxley school supports farmers

Principal Errol Slingsby with staff, students, and some of the donated goods.​

In an outstanding effort, the students and families of Oxley State School donated an exceptional amount of non-perishable food and raised more than $1,240 to support 'Doing it for our farmers'.

Along with their donations, students learnt about farming, the food we eat and the impact of drought on a farmer's ability to grow crops and feed their livestock.

Principal Errol Slingsby is proud of the contributions from so many students.

"It's humbling to think our families could be so generous," Mr Slingsby said.

"On returning from a trip to New South Wales, one of our parents was devastated at the impact of the drought and approached me with the idea of combining raising the children's awareness of farming, drought, and other factors that affect our rural communities with helping our farmers."

Students dressed like farmers for the day and donated non-perishable items such as tinned foods, dry goods, personal hygiene items, pet food, water, toilet paper and nappies as well as making cash donations.

Helping to make a positive impact on drought-affected communities, the cash raised was used to buy 10 large and 12 small bales of hay.

"The students learnt a valuable lesson in helping their fellow Australians, building empathy, and community spirit," Mr Slingsby said.

Doing it for our farmers is a donation drive run by The United Church Tamworth. They work alongside Aussie Helpers and support Drought Angels.

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Last updated
05 February 2019