White Hills grade 5 pupil Harry Worker knew he had to help when he saw how the drought was affecting mainland farmers – so he called on his school for support.
Harry, 11, held a sausage sizzle at St Leonards Primary School on Friday to raise money to pay for stock feed.
“I show cows and go to rural shows. When I heard about the farmers in drought, and that they could lose their livelihood, I wanted to give a helping hand,” Harry said.
“On Tuesday I came to school and spoke to Mr Patten and he said I should do a poster and put it in the newsletter,” he said.
With the help of teacher David Patten, Harry cooked 220 sausages on the school’s barbecue and sold them to his fellow pupils for $2.50 each.
Harry’s mum, Suzi Cameron, was thrilled to support her son’s charitable idea and donated bread and money to the cause.
“This is close to his heart as he shows Murray Grey cattle at local shows,” Ms Cameron said.
“Harry has done it all himself. He designed this poster and approached the school.
“It’s something he’s quite passionate about,” she said.
Harry raised almost $600 from his sausage sizzle and extra donations.
He will donate the money raised to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale campaign or Red Cross.
When I heard about the farmers in drought, and that they could lose their livelihood, I wanted to give a helping hand.Harry Worker
Australian Lions Foundation has also pledged support, aiming to raise $500,000 for fodder and essential items for farming communities.
Funds will be distributed to Lions clubs in communities where drought has been declared, foundation chairman Tony Benbow said.
“Farmers and their families are struggling to cope with the crippling drought right now in Australia and Lions Australia Foundation is committed to doing whatever we can to assist those affected,” he said.
Rural Business Tasmania opened its Rural Relief Fund to provide drought and emergency support in Tasmania and interstate.
Donate to the Rural Relief Fund at www.ruralbusinesstasmania.org.au or buy IGA gift cards and send to Rural Business Tasmania at PO Box 322, Launceston, TAS 7250.
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