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Lockyer Valley kids raise more than $10K for drought-hit farmers

By Fidelis Rego, Friday March 21, 2014 - 10:45 EDT

Students at a school in southern Queensland's Lockyer Valley have raised more than $10,000 in 24 hours for the state's drought-affected farmers.

St Mary's School Laidley principal Nathan Haley says his year six and seven students are so passionate about helping farmers out west he challenged them to do something about it.

Within an hour they had developed the Rural Connect initiative and had raised $600 from the teaching staff by passing a bucket around.

"After the school swimming carnival, less than 24 hours later, the children had gained in excess of $10,000," he said.

He says the money will pay for a couple of trucks full of stockfeed.

The 50 students have not stopped there.

Mr Haley says they are now developing a video which will be sent to other Catholic schools in the Brisbane archdiocese to help raise more funds.

"It's just a simple message the children are trying to get across and the message is simple - every time you open a fridge, thank a farmer," he said.


- ABC

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