Staff at TAFE SA asked 'R U OK?' and raised money for drought affected farmers

GOOD CAUSE: Victoria Voit, Danielle Shepherd, Kristie Taylor and Sarah Lance from Murray Bridge TAFE dressed in flannelette shirts to raise money for drought affected farmers. Photo: Emma Zirkel.
GOOD CAUSE: Victoria Voit, Danielle Shepherd, Kristie Taylor and Sarah Lance from Murray Bridge TAFE dressed in flannelette shirts to raise money for drought affected farmers. Photo: Emma Zirkel.

Staff at Murray Bridge TAFE SA rallied together to raise funds for drought-affected farmer across the state by ditching their everyday work wear and instead donning a flannelette shirt. 

Money raised will be donated to the SA Country Women’s Association (SACWA) to be distributed to South Australian farmers through the SACWA Emergency Aid Fund. 

‘Flanny for a Farmer Day’ was held in conjunction with ‘R U OK? Day’ on September 13, with staff and students at the Murray Bridge campus joining for morning tea and a barbecue to raise funds.

TAFE SA’s Sarah Lance said it was a great opportunity for everyone to get together and raise money for a cause while also checking in on each other’s mental health. 

TAFE SA interim chief executive officer Alex Reid said staff would be encouraged to wear a flannelette shirt in exchange for a gold coin donation and money would also be raised through sausage sizzles at training sites across the state.

“This is a really important 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 backs,” Alex said.

“We provide training and have a strong presence in a number of these effected regions and many of our staff and many of our staff and students would have family, friends and colleagues whose livelihood has been impacted by these dry conditions.

“Many of us have a flanny hidden somewhere in our closet, so why not dust it off for a good cause.”