St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill raises $110,000 for Rural Aid Australia.
Posted on August 8, 2018
Over the past seven days, the Joeys community has come together to raise much needed funds for Rural Aid Australia. As Australia’s largest all boys boarding school, families from rural NSW have been close to the heart of the College since its foundation in 1881, with a large contingent of Joe Boys calling regional and rural NSW home.
The effects of the drought run deep within the Joeys community, and the stories shared by Year 12 boarders Ben Sevil (Rowena NSW) and Angus Carrigan (Gurley NSW) at a recent Headmaster’s assembly moved the students, staff, parents and Old Boys to dig deep and help those facing hardship.
It was Ben and Angus’ first-hand perspective of the effects of the drought, not only on farmers themselves, but their families, friends and the wider regional community that struck a chord with everyone in attendance.
“Our properties are not just about business and money. They are important to us and are a part of us. They’ve often been in our families for generations. In my case, I will be a 5th generation farmer – four generations on the same property. None of us want to be the one that fails. But right now, my family’s days are spent just looking after stock to make sure they survive rather than improving sustainability and looking towards the future.” – Ben Sevil (Year 12)
To the country boys – stick at it. It’s not always easy being so far from home but the opportunity you have here is enormous. All you can do for your parents from here in Sydney is put your head down and work hard and give everything your best effort. You know that they are doing that back at home.” – Angus Carrigan (Year 12)
Donations from the Joeys community are in excess of $100,000, further assisted by a joint collection with The King’s School at the Joeys home rugby game on Saturday 4 August. 100% of all funds raised will be donated to Rural Aid Australia – Buy a Bale scheme. The College thanks the Joeys community for their ongoing support of regional families.