St Philomena's School supports Rural Aid with fundraiser | Photos

AMAZING GIFT: St Philomena's School student Ella-Grace Turnbull, pictured with principal Renae Dunleavy, donated her own awards to Rural Aid. Photo: RACHEL CHAMBERLAIN 081018rcspps2
AMAZING GIFT: St Philomena's School student Ella-Grace Turnbull, pictured with principal Renae Dunleavy, donated her own awards to Rural Aid. Photo: RACHEL CHAMBERLAIN 081018rcspps2

STUDENTS at St Philomena’s Primary School have done their bit to help farmers struggling through the NSW drought. 

On Friday, students were invited to come to school dressed like a farmer and donate a gold coin. 

The money collected would then be passed on to Rural Aid.

An assembly was held on Friday morning to collect the money and acting principal Renae Dunleavy said that parents had also attended to give donations. 

Also part of the day were special lunch orders for $5, which were made possible with the support of Woolworths. 

The idea for a mufti and special lunch order day actually came from students at the school, who met with Ms Dunleavy to share their fundraising ideas to support the farmers. 

St Philomena’s collected a total of $1501 across the day. 

“All money raised, including our canteen money, will go to Rural Aid,” Ms Dunleavy said. 

Rural Aid will also receive a special gift from Year 4 student Ella-Grace Turnbull. 

The nine-year-old student has given two $50 vouchers to Bedwills Feed Barn that she had won to the cause.

“I was doing mini trotting up at the Harness Racing Club and I got two first prizes,” Ella-Grace said. 

“I wanted to donate them to the farmers that are in drought.” 

She won the gift certificates in March and had been saving them up to purchase a new horse rug, but decided this week that she already had a horse rug and someone else could use the vouchers more.