St Mary's fundraiser day raises triple expected amounts | Photos

Students at St Mary's Catholic Primary School dressed up to fundraise for Buy a Bale for Farmers on Friday.

Pupils put on their best farm costumes to raise money and awareness of the Australian charity.

Driven by the student leadership teams, the day raised $1145 – almost triple what the school usually averages on a fundraiser day.

We have teachers whose husbands are farmers and students from farming families so it directly impacts the school quite a lot,

Religious Education Coordinator Glenn Corben

Religious Education Coordinator Glenn Corben said the huge total was proof of how eager the students and their families were to help the drought.

“We have teachers whose husbands are farmers and students from farming families so it directly impacts the school quite a lot,” he said.

Mr Corben said several of the students from the Mission Team and Student Representative Council had seen the donation the Penrith Panthers and the Rotary Club had made to Buy A Bale and eager to do something to help out, they decided the charity would be a good fit.

The idea to dress like a farmer for a day was put forward in their Friday council meeting and just one week later the boots came out.

Mr Corben put the quick turn around to the “overwhelming support from staff and students” with $50 notes included in a few of the donation envelopes.

Buy A Bale was founded by wife and husband Tracy and Charles Alder, since its first hay drive in September 2013, the program has delivered over 160,000 bales of hay across four states.

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