Fair dinkum fun: Have a family day out and help local farmers in desperate need

HELPING FARMERS: Mackenzie Palazzi, Rebecca Childs, Eliza 
Palazzi and Stephen Scott-Robertson are backing the farmers' 
fundraising event in Orange. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0821jkfeed1
HELPING FARMERS: Mackenzie Palazzi, Rebecca Childs, Eliza Palazzi and Stephen Scott-Robertson are backing the farmers' fundraising event in Orange. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0821jkfeed1

Beyond the jumping castles, face-painting and crazy hair stalls, there is a serious message about Sunday’s big family day in Orange.

Rebecca Childs is co-ordinating the Fair Dinkum Farmer Fundraiser on behalf of Feed4Farmers and Pay It Forward for drought relief at Bletchington Public School from 10am-3pm.

“There’s over 100 farmers out there without water,” she said.

“They can’t have a shower, a bath or a wash. They are in desperate need.

“They are 100 per cent our backbone.”

And she’s not talking about farmers badly hit by the drought interstate or outside the Central West – these farm households who have run out of water are within 100 kilometres of Orange.

Entry to the fun day is through a gold coin donation.

Site fees paid by the stallholders, plus a share of the takings from some of them, will also go to drought relief.

They are 100 per cent our backbone.

Rebecca Childs, fundraiser co-ordinator

“We’d love to raise $20,000 on the day,” Miss Childs said.

A key part of the fundraising will be a giant raffle which will be drawn on Sunday afternoon.

Prizes include vouchers for V8 hot laps of Sydney Motorsport Park, paintball and use of a houseboat on Wyangala Dam.

There will be plenty of entertainment for all ages with three jumping castles, face-painting, crazy hair and hair cuts and beauty stalls, plus appearances from Paw Patrol, Elliot the Rocking Dinosaur and Pooka the magician.

There will be about 27 market stalls and a fire truck, a police car, show cars and show bikes on display.

Miss Childs said the Feed4Farmers group, which has grown from just a few people into a community group to provide hay, water and supplies to farmers, was doing a great job.

“I see them working hard on the ground helping our Central West farmers out,” she said.

“They’re only new, they’ve only been operating for a month.”

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