RURAL AID AND EVOLUTION MINING BRINGING THE JOY OF MUSIC TO GAYNDAH SCHOOLS

Sounds of music and excited children will ring out from Gayndah schools this week

Rural Aid is delighted to announce the Community Support team is delivering musical instruments to Burnett State College and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Gayndah, tomorrow.

Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said Burnett State College and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School are part of a generous $120,000 donation of musical instruments from Evolution Mining to eight schools around their Mt Rowden and Cracow mining operations.

“I would like to thank Evolution Mining for their generous donation, which is part of a $1.5 million donation to help support Aussie farmers with disaster assistance and their communities,” John Warlters said.

“In the past, we’ve been well known for our disaster assistance program: providing hay, drinking water, financial and counselling assistance to farmers, rural and regional communities. Building sustainable, stronger futures for primary producers and rural communities underpins everything we do.”

“We’re pleased to announce a new remit for community focused support, including schools. All community initiatives, from July 2020, will fall under the auspice of Rural Aid’s Stronger Futures Program.

“Schools are a key element of all rural communities and we will continue supporting them as part of our focus on community sustainability. This was evidenced recently with our ‘technology’ for schools initiative to assist rural schools with at-home-learning.

“We’ve had some challenges thrown our way with Covid-19 in having to place Rural Aid’s ‘Our Town’ and Farm Rescue Programs in hibernation. And, our volunteers are readying themselves for the recommencement of community support activities.

“I’m please to say we’ve been working in the background to deliver fodder and drinking water during Covid-19 and planning for when schools return and, our workforce can make their way safely back out in the field.

“We’re helping schools prepare for the commencement of Term 3 music programs with deliveries underway this week.

“Our thanks go to Rural Aid sponsor, Evolution Mining, a large employer of local communities backing local communities. They have made this and many other opportunities possible for farmers and rural and regional communities,” John Warlters said.

Other schools also receiving musical instruments in the Gayndah region, thanks to Evolution Mining’s generosity, are listed below.

Some of the schools receiving musical instruments:

Date Time School
Tuesday 23 June 2020 8.30am Coalstoun Lakes State School
Tuesday 23 June 2020 10.30am St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Tuesday 23 June 2020 1.00pm Burnett State College
Tuesday 23 June 2020 2.00pm Gayndah State School
Wednesday 24 June 2020 10.00am Eidsvold State School 
Wednesday 24 June 2020 11.15am Mundubbera State School
Wednesday 24 June 2020 12.15pm Boynewood State School

About Rural Aid

Rural Aid is one of Australia’s largest rural charities. Well known for the highly successful ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign, the charity also provides financial assistance, water and counselling to farmers in times of drought, flood or fire. Other initiatives support its vision that farming and rural communities are safeguarded to ensure their sustainability both during and after these natural disasters. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au for further information on these programs and other support for our rural communities.

Media: 0447 116 757 | media@ruralaid.org.au

Spokesperson: Rural Aid CEO John Warlters | 0409 618 641

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