Flanno Friday raises funds for farmers

Eden Marine High School students donned their best (or worst depending on your view) flannelette shirts for “Flanno Friday” last week.

The out-of-uniform day collected donations in aid of the Need for Feed campaign supporting local farmers during the current drought, which is now affecting the entire state. 

Members of the student leadership group addressed the morning assembly to outline the reasons EMHS was getting behind the push, which is being coordinated by the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast, Pambula Rotary and Lions.

“We would like to join these groups to assist in buying feed for farmers around Australia who are living through a devastating drought resulting in loss of livelihood, homes and life, something we cannot stand by and do nothing about,” school captain Lucy-Sue Beukers said.

“We aim to raise some funds, but also, awareness of others doing it hard within and outside our community throughout NSW.”

The school raised $700 on the day, which they said will be potentially matched by the Social Justice Advocates. Donations will be combined with other local schools and go directly to NSW farmers in the effort to ease some of the burden in assisting with purchasing feed for livestock.

EMHS SRC and leadership coordinator Brittany Fogg said it was particular positive to see the students and supportive school community highlight the plight of farmers and producers in our own region, not just elsewhere in the state.

“Some local farmers are starting to really do it tough. We need to be looking after our own community as well,” she said.