St John’s College, within the University of Sydney, has joined forces with Rural Aid to support Australian farmers struggling in the drought with a special fundraiser.
This morning members of the College Community, including students, staff, and external suppliers, enjoyed a Pancake Breakfast with General Manager of Rural Aid, Mr Wayne Thomson, in attendance to raise funds for Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale initiative, which supplies farmers across Australia with feed for stock.
The breakfast is expected to raise $2,660 with generous donations from students and supporters of St John’s College.
The College will not only be donating all the money raised from the breakfast but also a 2018 ACT Brumbies rugby union jersey signed by all members of the team, kindly donated by College supplier, Classic Sports.
“On behalf of Rural Aid and farmers across Australia, I would like to thank the community of St John’s College for their initiative and generosity in supporting our Buy a Bale campaign,” said Mr Thomson.
“Today’s breakfast is yet another demonstration of the commitment of so many communities across Australia to help our farmers and rural communities in their time of need.”
“Thank you to St John’s College for the strong message of support that they have shown farmers this morning. The jersey that’s been kindly donated will become a prize in the Rural Aid Christmas Raffle,” said Mr Thomson.
“St John’s College has strong and enduring connections with rural communities across Australia and today’s fundraiser for ‘Buy a Bale’ is a way that we can help farmers struggling with drought,” said Mr Adrian Diethelm, Rector of St John’s College.
“We want rural communities – many of which are the home to our past and current students – to know that they have the support of St John’s College and we hope that our donation goes some small way to easing their burden”, continued Mr Diethelm.