Augusta Park Primary School raises $2k for farmers

FUNDRAISER: Karli Penglase, Bec Mueller, Tanya Hannagan, Aisha Petrie and Mayor Sam Johnson. PHOTO: Augusta Park Primary School.
FUNDRAISER: Karli Penglase, Bec Mueller, Tanya Hannagan, Aisha Petrie and Mayor Sam Johnson. PHOTO: Augusta Park Primary School.

The selfless fundraising efforts from the Augusta Park Primary School community generated more than $2000 for struggling farmers across Australia.

Augusta Park hosted its very own Fiver for a Farmer dress-up day in August, with students arriving at school in their best farmer outfits.

The fundraising idea was put forward by Year 5 student Aisha Petrie, who took the initiative to distribute donation tins around town and help organise the dress-up event.

Aisha said she felt sorry for all the farmers suffering through the drought after hearing about the record dry conditions on television program Sunrise.

“Drought means no water, no water means no food, no food means they can’t feed themselves or their animals,” she said.

Donation tins were displayed at newsagencies, delis, butchers, chemists and football clubs across Port Augusta.

Augusta Park’s Student Wellbeing Leader Natasha Sghirripa was proud of the work done by the school.

“We as a school are very proud of what we have achieved and are hoping more people follow in the footsteps of Aisha in the future,” she said.

Mayor Sam Johnson was present at a school assembly on Friday, September 21 to congratulate Aisha and the Augusta Park community for their selfless efforts.

Augusta Park Primary School thanked the businesses from around Port Augusta that supported the cause.

Money raised from A Fiver for a Farmer is donated to Rural Aid and the Drought Angels.

A Fiver for a Farmer was initiated by 10-year-old Jack Berne from Freshwater, New South Wales.