Muswellbrook South Public School pupils and Denman farmers receive much-needed donation from Rural Aid

AWESOME AID: Muswellbrook South Public School enjoyed the donation from Rural Aid, who were helped by Meriton and the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music.
AWESOME AID: Muswellbrook South Public School enjoyed the donation from Rural Aid, who were helped by Meriton and the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music.

IN a busy day for Rural Aid, they delivered hay to Denman farmers and equipment to students at Muswellbrook South Public School (MSPS) last week.

They began with a hay drop in the morning as part of their Buy a Bale program, which saw approximately 30 farmers receive the much-needed help as well as each being gifted a $500 voucher at IGA.

This was funded through partner Meriton, who generated almost $100,000 at a fundraiser last year, with all of that money spent on Friday.

Rural Aid general manager Wayne Thomson said the farmers were extremely grateful, with one of them revealing it would help feed their animals for up to six weeks.

They then shifted their attention to the 'Gift of Music' program, which was supported by the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music, and provided the likes of musical instruments, Lego, stationery and iPads to MSPS.

"We're really want to give them the same opportunities they might have if they were in the big cities and really enjoy that wonderful gift of music," Mr Thomson said.

The students were certainly impressed, with one instrument enthusiast called Riley sharing his joy over the donation.

"It's really exciting because we don't have very much," the nine-year-old said.

"I'm pretty sure this will make more people want to join the band because we have more instruments and we have more of a selection.

"I love the music program.

"It's good because it introduces you to new kinds of music and it's good because you get to see new instruments for some people."

Rural Aid will continue its spending spree in the Upper Hunter on Tuesday, when they visit students in Aberdeen to provide extra resources there as well.

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