Shellharbour Council staff support 'Fiver for a Farmer' day

Shellharbour Council staff are today decked out in boots, hats and other country gear to support the ‘Fiver for a Farmer Day’ campaign in aid of drought relief.

The premise is for students and employees to go to school or work dressed as farmers, and make a $5 donation to help rural families struggling with one of the worst droughts in memory.

Behind the campaign is 10 year-old Jack Berne, a Year 4 student from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Jack had been learning about the drought and farmers in class and wanted to do something to help.

Mayor Marianne Saliba said she was proud of Council staff who had taken the initiative to help farmers in their time of need.

“All money raised by Council will be shared between registered charities Rural Aid and Drought Angels,” Cr Saliba said.

“Additionally, last week’s quarterly outdoor staff barbecue raised just over $320, which was donated to Buy a Bale,” she said.

“This money allowed Council to donate hay bales and diesel fuel to go towards the transportation of the bales and food hampers to be distributed to struggling farmers.”

Buy a Bale and Aussie Helpers have also been listed as potential charities to receive proceeds from ‘Dress-Down Day’ donations, run through Council’s Provident Fund.
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