From a general chat that coincided between a few parents and Old Boys, the idea of a fundraiser to assist in some way, country families suffering from the drought was born.

On the basis that some of our community where thinking of such a cause was a wonderful gesture in itself, however the broader community buy-in was quite liberating. The problem is that with “fundraising events” they don’t have a great reputation for generating substantial funds, but the balance is the goodwill and enthusiasm that builds amongst our community “wanting to do a good thing for others”. Without doubt, suggesting a fundraiser to support country families, battling the effects of the drought on their farm, business and local community, is very justifiable especially within TSS, simply because we have been a part of the Qld and NSW country communities since 1901.

We can proudly state that every boy / family was offered the opportunity to become part of this special initiative as were Old Boys. For everyone that sold / purchased a raffle ticket, attended the concert, purchased items from the auction, donated directly to Drought Angels, sponsored and / or donated cash / prizes for the Appeal, we sincerely thank you for your wonderful and kind heart.

Even though there are too many to state in this brief article, we will acknowledge those who had such a positive effect on the TSS City4Country Drought Angels Appeal and for that you have the School’s deepest gratitude.

While it was ironic that we announced the Appeal and shortly after it started raining, as we mentioned, the social, environmental and financial burden for farmers, local businesses and country families will continue for years to come and is highlighted with the most recent drought declared areas map for November 2016. The financial situation of these country families will remain sensitive until they are in a position to generate an income that in turn assists local businesses and these regional economies to again grow and move past debt, all of which will take a number of years.

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