Tamworth High organises drought fundraiser

HELPING HAND: Tamworth High students Lara Follington, Georgia White, Sophie McLeod and Anna Little at the school's drought appeal. Photo: Peter Hardin 060718PHB017
HELPING HAND: Tamworth High students Lara Follington, Georgia White, Sophie McLeod and Anna Little at the school's drought appeal. Photo: Peter Hardin 060718PHB017

THEY might be based in the city, but Tamworth High students wrapped their flannel-clad arms around the local farming community.

Tamworth High’s prefects organised a mufti-day and barbecue fundraiser for the ‘R U Aware, We Care’ drought campaign.

For the last day of the school term, the Year 12s asked the students and teachers to don their best flannies and jeans in support of the farmers.

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Year coordinator Michael Vereyken said they raised more than $300 in the morning alone.

“The students really got on board with it,” he said.

Mr Vereyken said there were some students from farming backgrounds and it proffered “good awareness” for students from urban areas.

He said the school might look at running more drought fundraisers in the future.

Chief executive officer of 88.9FM George Frame said the campaign committee was blown-away by the initial support from the community.

“It’s been taken-on quicker than we expected it to be,” Mr Frame said.

“I think it’s because everybody’s touched by what the farmers are going through, whether it’s emotionally or on a business basis.”

Mr Frame said tickets had been selling quickly for the ‘We Care Concert’ headlined by Lee Kernaghan and supported by a swathe of local artists.

“We’re extremely happy everybody has a common cause to make a donation and show support,” he said.

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