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St Mary's students meet with drought affected farmers and hear their story

Robin McConchie, Thursday May 1, 2014 - 07:37 EST
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St Mary's delivered truck loads of fodder to drought affected farmers in the South Burnett - ABC

Yesterday was a momentous day for a small group of students from St Mary's Primary School at Laidley.

The Year 6 and 7 students at the school raised $10,000 in cash and kind, to provide fodder and support for drought affected farmers in the South Burnett.

Yesterday was D day as they trucked fodder, dog food and cattle lick to families in the region.

Eight students travelled with the convoy and spoke with farmers receiving the fodder.

Tenayah Acworth says it was a very moving experience and the farmers.

"We listened to their stories, it was just amazing, just the look on their faces showed how happy they were," she said.

Tamika Lyons says she was very excited, to see their expressions.

"They really need it, it is really dry out there," she said.

School principal Nathan Hayley says it the project has really been an eye-opener and has built real connections with the community, but the reality is there are some extremely sad stories.

AgForce SE Queensland drought co-ordinator Caroline Stone says other schools have donated things food, clothes, push-bikes and toiletries.

Caroline says many people are still reluctant to ask for help, but the community is very conscious of the difficulties their neighbours are facing and she is able to make up packs of goods which are given to the families.

Caroline has been assisting people to complete applications for the government's Household Support program and she urges people not to self-assess and ask for help in filling out the 28 page document.


© ABC 2014

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