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Schoolboy hits target

There’s plenty of ways we could make a difference to help in biggest crisis facing Australia but a 10-year-old kid has come up with a good one, reports.

Jack Berne set a goal of raising $20,000 to help farmers struggling through Australia’s worst drought crisis in centuries.

He wanted to get there by August 13 but he hit his target in an impressive 48 hours.

The Sydney schoolboy and his classmates at St John the Baptist Primary School at Freshwater had been hearing about the drought hardship devastating farmers across the country and Jack decided we had to do more to help.

It started as a simple idea to get schoolmates together on August 13 and dress up as farmers, bringing a “fiver for a farmer”.

“If we can raise some money, I think we can all feel better about helping our mates on the farms,” Jack said on the Fiver for a Farmer website his family created.

Now the campaign has gone national, with schools across the country ringing up to get on board for the dress like a farmer day.

The long dry spell is hurting farmers with 99 per cent of NSW officially in drought.

Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries estimates, 57 per cent of that state is in drought.

Jack said the sky was the limit now and they would bump the fundraising goal to $50,000.

“I felt so strongly about this because I felt so many people were doing things and we could do so much more for it,” he said.

“I’m ecstatic, I can’t believe it’s happening.


Sydney schoolboy hits $20,000 target to help farmers in 48 hours (

A Fiver For A Farmer