Public schools are invited to fundraise for drought-affected communities by joining a national mufti day on Wednesday, 8 May.
The Adopt a Farmer campaign aims to raise $800,000 through gold coin mufti days at schools, with all proceeds going to farmers.
Murat Dizdar, Deputy Secretary School Operations and Performance, said students and their families have been touched by the tough conditions experienced by farmers, their families, animals and communities.
“Many of our learning communities have been enthusiastic supporters of drought relief drives to date and students continue to lend a hand to help in creative ways,” he said.
“I know many of our public schools have already undertaken significant, inspirational work to support our farming communities across the state and I thank them for doing so. I know that many will want to get behind this latest national initiative.”
Students can also write directly to farmers they are supporting and will receive letters in response.
The mufti day funds will be collected by registered charity, Rural Aid, which has so far distributed more than $10 million worth of fodder to farmers through the Buy a Bale campaign.
Under the Adopt a Farmer campaign, Rural Aid will put $100 on 8,000 Visa gift cards and mail them to farmers registered with the charity. The farmers can spend the cash in their local communities to support jobs and services.