Affinity centres support the Fight for Farmers

Affinity Education Group is proudly supporting the efforts of its Lifelong Learning Centres as they support the 'Fight for Farmers' nationally.

In New South Wales at Milestones Early Learning Centre Bathurst, Centre Manager Bradley Campbell and his team created a Farm Safety Week incorporating a food and non-perishable items drive as part of their “Healthy Communities” program which resulted in hundreds of kilograms of food, bottled water, and personal item contributions from generous families, to give to ‘their farmers’.
 
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Supplies for farmers donated by families and educators from Milestones Early Learning Centre Bathurst
 
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Milestones Early Learning Centre educator Amelia King and Centre Manager Bradley Campbell 
 
Among the families supporting the drive are Grant and Cheryl ‘Chezzi’ Denyer, Bathurst locals who are passionate advocates of Rural Aid, an Australian charity dedicated to supporting both rural communities, and other organisations that support rural communities.  Chezzi, Bradley and the Rural Aid team’s deliveries to struggling farms in the rural community surrounding Bathurst were documented by Channel 10’s The Project, on 6 August 2018.
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Grant Denyer working with local farmer Ann Fragar to drop donated hay bales to drought affected cattle.
 
Mr Campbell said the wholehearted support of their families in the quantity and quality of the items they donated was greatly appreciated. 
 
“Our local farmers are the providers for our cities – now they are in need due to the drought, and we are proud to step up and give them a hand,” Mr Campbell said
 
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(Left to right) – Milestones Early Learning Centre ‘Farm Week’ - Memphis, Tye, Amy (educator), Benjamin, Callum, Ashlee (educator), Alyssa, Jess (educator), Austin, Karlee (educator) & Mabel
 
In Queensland, eleven Lifelong Learning Centres owned and operated by Affinity have joined forces in their 'Healthy Communities: Fight for Farmers' campaign, with Tadpoles Early Learning Centre Cooroy leading the way in fundraising and awareness initiatives for one of their local families. 

A centre Farm Day held on 8 August raised more than $1000 and Centre Manager Danielle Vickery's live feed updates on Facebook showed the centre transformed into a farm - complete with animals and scarecrows, farming singalongs, and a 'milking cow'. 
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Tadpoles Early Learning Centre Cooroy encouraged parents and children to dress like a farmer for their first fundraiser day.

167 approved Lifelong Learning Centres owned and operated by Affinity Education Group around Australia run a ‘Healthy Children’ program of events, activities, incursions and excursions based on six key themes – Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Food, Healthy World, Healthy Families and Healthy Communities. 

You can join the Fight for Farmers nationally by supporting 'Buy A Bale'.