Gift a Farming Family

Who are we? How did it start?

In Australia, there are many farming families that are struggling as a result of the drought and they could use our help. MWLP and HSC Business Services students from the Macarthur region have created the Gift a Farming Family project. 

As well as providing a financial gift to farming families, this project also helps Business Services students across six schools to fulfil mandatory work placement requirements. 

Who are we helping?

Farming families throughout NSW will receive money to take the stress out of Christmas. The five regions receiving the donations include the surrounding areas of:

  • Dubbo
  • Broken Hill
  • Griffith
  • Narrabri
  • Other towns within Southern NSW

Why are we helping?

With drought affecting NSW, our farming families are doing it tough. the lack of water has meant that many farmers have not grown crops, fed their animals or kept their farms operating. As Christmas approaches we would like to “gift” a farming family.

How can you help?

By donating money to the ‘Gift a Farming Family’ go fund me page.  All donations, from as little as $1, are greatly appreciated.  There is no minimum or maximum donation amount – the sky is the limit!

What’s the idea behind self sacrificing?

We understand that not everybody has spare money that they are able to put aside to donate. Because of this, we have introduced the concept of sacrificing one small thing a week and using the money that you would normally spend on this item as your donation. Ideas of things you could sacrifice include:

  • Morning coffee from local café
  • Canteen money
  • Weekly magazine or newspaper
  • Buying popcorn at the movies
  • Drinks or snacks when out
  • Dinner out / takeaway

How do the farming families receive the gift?

The donations raised will be distributed via The Salvation Army Rural Chaplains, at their discretion.

What can the families spend the money on?

The money will be distributed to the families in the form of a VISA or Mastercard gift card so they are able to personalise and decide what they feel will help them the most. This ensures that each family can use the money in a way that works best for them.

Who is involved in this project?

  • Salvation Army Macquarie Fields – they will receive the funds and pass them onto the rural chaplains.
  • Business Services students from the following schools: Magdalene Catholic College, Robert Townson HS, Mount Annan HS, St Patrick’s College Campbelltown, Elderslie HS, Campbelltown Performing Arts HS.
  • MWLP – Linking Youth

Who can participate?

Anyone! Donations can come from individuals, families, groups of friends, sporting teams, schools or workplaces. The target is $10,000 – so help us by contributing today!

 23 Business Services work placement students took part in the project that ran from 6 November to 6 December 2019.

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