Farm kids are among the many victims of the drought hitting much of eastern Australia and St Helen’s Molly Hocking wants to help them.
Molly, 16, is studying agriculture through Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST) at Hamilton, and heard that many school students studying agriculture at drought-stricken Bourke were battling.
Molly, a Year 10 student at Brauer College, found out the Bourke Secondary College had to close its school farm due to the drought. Many of its agriculture students were also taking days off school to help their parents hand feed livestock in parched paddocks.
For many of them their all-time dream is to get away from the dry conditions and see the ocean.Molly Hocking
So she sprang into action and is fattening a steer and heifer from the family’s Tiger Lilli Angus stud to sell and raise money to send the agriculture students on a trip, hopefully away from the dry conditions.
The cattle have been fattened with feed donated by Farmgate Stockfeeds and will be auctioned at the Mortlake saleyards in mid-November.
Molly has also a established go fund me page, called Drought kids dream too, where people can donate to the cause.