Compassion for Interstate Farmers

The devastating drought that interstate farmers in NSW and Qld are in the grips of, has struck a chord with many in the Tasmanian community and our students are no exception. Over the past week, students from both the Elphin and Penquite Campus have approached staff to voice their concern for those farmers doing it tough through the drought and with ideas of how we might be able to help.

The culmination of this desire to do something constructive has resulted in a day of awareness and fundraising next Tuesday with a ‘Dress as a Farmer’ day, which includes making a gold coin donation to this very worthy cause. Students have advertised this to their peers during this week and everyone, students and staff, are asked to add a touch of farmer to their uniform, come in full farm wear, or somewhere in between.

Many farming families are too proud to ever ask for assistance, and I feel that the community are very aware of that. Even so, the empathy and compassion that our students have shown and their determination to do something that makes a difference to those in need is not only commendable but inspiring and I congratulate our students for rallying to the call.

Andy Müller