Pirie dresses up for a cause | FLANNY FOR A FARMER

FUNDRAISING: Ulike Maria, Margie Brine, Angela Fricker, Kristy Webb, Pamela Haylock and Joanne Seyfang.
FUNDRAISING: Ulike Maria, Margie Brine, Angela Fricker, Kristy Webb, Pamela Haylock and Joanne Seyfang.

TAFE SA staff at the Port Pirie campus donned flannys to work on Thursday September 13 to raise money for farmers battling dry conditions across the state. 

The organisation are aware that a large focus has been placed on supporting those in New South Wales and Queensland, but they are bringing it home, recognising that support is also needed in South Australia. 

The Interim Chief Executive of TAFE SA Alex Reid said that their staff are encouraged to wear a flanny in exchange for a gold coin donation to help raise funds which will be doing to the SA Country Womens Association (SACWA), who will distribute money through their emergency fund. 

“This is a really importance initiative developed by TAFE SA staff in response to what they are seeing in regional SA.”

“Farmers are the backbone of our communities and provide us with everything from the food we eat to the clothes on our back”, Ms Reid said.

The idea for the day was raised by Julie Hollitt, an Information Services Officer based at the Elizabeth Campus who says it was an easy idea for both staff and students and allows them to show empathy to the people who are doing it tough. 

“A person once said to me if you want to make a difference you should think globally and act locally- and this small gesture will hopefully have a big impact on those who need it most.” 

The flanny for a farmer day was held in line with R U OK? Day, a national day that is dedicated to reminding people to check in with those around them that may be struggling.