Parramatta School raises drought funds for Gilgandra High School

Kids supportinmg kids: Parramatta High School students Anisha Yr 10, Social Justice League Leader with Priyanka representing the Yr 9 Commerce classes. Photo: Supplied.

Kids supportinmg kids: Parramatta High School students Anisha Yr 10, Social Justice League Leader with Priyanka representing the Yr 9 Commerce classes. Photo: Supplied.

After seeing the drought take its toll on the central west, a school in Sydney decided to lend a hand to a rural county town.

Almost $9000 was raised by students from Parramatta High School for the Gilgandra High School and wider community.

Each year the Parramatta High School’s Justice League students choose a cause to support and after seeing the effects of the drought, chose to help Gilgandra High School.

To raise the funds, the Parramatta students held out of uniform days, barbecues and more.

“They’ve raised thousands of dollars for this,” said Gilgandra High School’s head maths teacher Steve Schier.

“It is a massive achievement.”

To further show their support for the Gilgandra community, 20 Parramatta High School students and their teachers have planned a trip to the central west town later this month.

Mr Schier is coordinating the Gilgandra side of the inter-school visit and said the idea was for the city students to provide a much-needed cash injection to rural businesses.

While, some money would be kept aside by Gilgandra High School to use at its’ discretion for students in need.

Mr Schier said many of the Parramatta students had not travelled beyond the Blue Mountains and were looking forward to experiencing all that Gilgandra had to offer.

“They’re going to come out, they’ve got money to spend. They didn’t want to be spending the money down at Parramatta they wanted to be spend it up here,” said Mr Schier.

“They’ve booked accommodation.... A lot of the (Gilgandra) kids probably won’t get a holiday so we decided we’ll give them a holiday in our own town.”

The entire Gilgandra High School, and family members with students at the school, will have an opportunity to be involved.

Students will see the Visitors Centre, Rural Museum, play bare foot bowls, spend time in Hunter Park and the swimming pool and enjoy tabloid sports at the high school.

They will also visit a local farm and hear first-hand about the drought.

Mr Schier said it was reassuring to know that Gilgandra was not being forgotten during the tough time being experienced at the moment due to the seasonal situation.

“City people do care. They realise the impact that the drought is having on our communities, and it’s not just the farming communities it’s the whole community,” he said.

“Gilgandra is a service town, and the service industries within that which support the farms, they’re doing it tough as well. It’s not just the people who are on the farms.

“These people want to help, and we thank the Parramatta High School.”