Littlest farmers are keen to help

By Country News

A healthy crop of young farmers has sprouted at Guthrie St Child Care Centre to raise funds for drought-affected farmers.

The children donned their best flannelette shirts, straw hats and work boots for the cause.

The week-long campaign has seen children and parents raise $540 to support drought-affected communities in NSW and Queensland, with the centre matching the donation and taking the total to $1080.

The funds will go to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, who transport donated hay to communities and farmers in need.

Guthrie St Child Care Centre director Coralie Sanderson said the centre had come up with the idea quite recently.

‘‘We just saw the community finding lots of different ways to help and wanted to include the children in it,’’ she said.

‘‘Parents have been donating and supporting the cause and the kids have really got on board and gone all out, all week we’ve had little farmers.’’

Guthrie St’s sister centre, Balaclava Rd Child Care Centre, will also run a fundraising dress-up this week.