One of the most beautiful aspects of our cow is the acknowledgement of support services, like ourselves, that support rural communities in times of need. At Youth Off The Streets we have outreach centres in rural areas such as the Hunter Valley, Bourke Griffith and Narrandera. Our teacher wrote, on our behalf, to other support services asking if we could acknowledge their contribution to rural communities.
To whom it may concern,
I am writing on behalf of the students in my class. We are currently working on the Archibull Prize (http://archibullprize.com.au/) which is a project-based learning program designed to give students a better understanding of agriculture. You can learn more about school’s particular project here. https://tlcraisesthesteaks.weebly.com/
As part of our art concept we are hoping to show the many organisations that support the physical and mental health of our farmers and provide them with resources/funding in times of need. We recognise that your organisation is having an impact on agriculture and as a result we would like to feature your logo on our cow. The cow will be displayed within in the community and will showcase the positive work you organisation is doing.
Would you be ok with us doing this? We would love permission to use your logo.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We are pleased to say that we have been able to include the locals of the following organisations:
- Aussie Farmers Foundation
- The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
- Aussie Helpers LTD
- Rural Aid
- Beyond Blue
- Drought Angels
- Lions International
- Country Women's Associaation
And of course, Youth Off the Streets.
We want our cow to be about community. This is one of our favourite parts of the cow. These supports are at the roots of the community as symbolised by our gumtree.
Additionally, we have turned our cow into a GIANT MONEYBOX!!! We are hoping to fill the cow with money this week as part of our final artwork. The money will be donated to the Aussie Farmers Foundation. We have chosen the Aussie Farmers Foundation for a few reasons.
1. They support the Archibull project and we believe this is an important initiative and we want to say thank you.
2. They support rural communities in the following areas:
3. They provide grants, which means that the community in need is able to articulate their needs and where they feel the money should be spent.
You can visit their website here: www.aussiefarmersfoundation.org.au/
We are hoping we can fill this cow with money over the coming weeks by getting our cow into shopping centres, on our outback convoy and by sharing our cow at community events.
The money is placed in the top of the cow just under the sign. The sign says, "From the head to the hide, let's bridge the divide." We feel that we can bridge the divide between our rural community and the suburbia Australia by supporting each other. There is a slot for the money. The money goes in and drops through the bucket of pledges. The bucket of pledges is us saying that this is going to take more then a few donations to fix. This is going to take a change in mindset. Inside the bucket is a blue light which illuminates the inside of the bucket like light reflecting off water. The sound of the money hitting the pail sounds like rain. We also have window so we can see the cow fill up with money as the project progresses.
(NB: It is hard to take a photo of the full impact as the light reflects off the window.)
Here is one of our generous parents making the first donation to the cause on Friday.
We hope this aspect of our cow continues to make an impact beyond the competition of this project.
The amazing students from The Lakes College, Youth Off The Streets