Fairholme students bring baked relief to drought communities
TEN Fairholme College students spent this morning cooking up a storm for drought-affected communities as part of their baked relief program.
The students made more than 1000 shortbread cookies before lunchtime, packaging them for distribution in communities west of Charleville.
The program has run for six years and is one of several options for year 11 students completing a community project.
One of the student bakers, Grace Slack-Smith, was a boarder who had originated from western New South Wales. She said the project hit close to home.
"Things aren't going so well right now, and I know it happens - it's farming," Miss Slack-Smith said.
"It's true that something as small as a cookie could really brighten someone's day.
"Just the gesture can be really important for those going through tough times."
Student Eve Wilkes added that many of the students had joined the project as a show of support for their Western classmates.
"Even though we are not directly affected by it, it's a cause close to our hearts because we all have friends that are boarders," Ms Wilkes said.
The students filled containers with the cookies, writing encouraging notes for the recipients on each box before a relief organisation picked the biscuits up for delivery.