Pymble community unites to support farmers

Thursday 30 June, 2016

The challenge of farming life is an issue close to the hearts of the Pymble Boarding community, many of whom have experienced life on the land first hand. So when Pymble’s Head Prefect, Eleanor Kierath and Deputy Head Prefect, Eliza Whiteley set out to leave a legacy of their time as Boarding leaders, they couldn’t go past a fundraising event to help support farmers in times of need.

Thus Pymble’s Inaugural Boarding Charity Formal Event to raise money for Aussie Helpers was born.

The evening event for Year 12 Boarders, friends and family galvanised the College community to donate delicious food and wine for the evening, as well as a wide range of items and prizes for a live auction, a silent auction and a raffle draw.

Boarding Parent Group President, Mr Mark Judson left no doubt about the devastating impact of drought on Australian farming families and their livestock in his emotive address to guests, who were all moved to show their support.

Thanks to their overwhelming generosity– and the skill of professional auctioneer and former Pymble boarding parent, Peter Eccleston – the target of raising $5,000 was well and truly exceeded.

In total, $13,500 was raised for Aussie Helpers on the night.

Director of Boarding, Mrs Deanne Elliott couldn’t be more proud of her Boarders for bringing city and country together to support Aussie Helpers.

“Our Principal often reminds our students to ‘be the change you want to see in the world’,” Mrs Elliott said.

“Eleanor and Eliza worked with Mrs Waters to identify this leadership goal of giving back to the farming community, plan it out and make it happen.

“Their energy, effort and commitment to see it through helped them to surpass their goal.”

Thank you

We are grateful to all who have contributed and donated to this worthy cause.  Special thanks to Alliance CateringMichael and Kylee Dennis, parents, students, staff and local businesses for making the evening such a success.

  • Andrew and Claudia McCalman
  • Andrew Geddes
  • Anne Graham
  • Anne Tucker
  • David Sexton
  • Emily McHue
  • Gillian Adams
  • Jeanette Scott
  • Kirsty Brasher
  • Michael and Kylee Dennis
  • Luc Espace
  • Meredie Mee Ling
  • Dave and Pam Kensit
  • Robyn Boyd
  • Sally Gosper (Cheese Ambassador for Simon Johnson)
  • Sarah Shields
  • Sel King
  • Vicki Waters
  • Julie Anstey
  • Year 12 Prefects – E Kierath, E Whiteley, H Green, A Moore


  • Arrive in Style with Us
  • Audi Alto Artarmon
  • Kelvin Hall Floral Designs
  • Pet Barn
  • Pymble Chemist
  • Pymble Medical & Dental Centre
  • The Aquashop at Gordon
  • The Inspired Paddock

About Aussie Helpers

Aussie Helpers is a non-profit registered charity that aims to provide assistance for farmers who are struggling with financial, emotional and environmental problems that arise with the job. Not only do they raise awareness but they provide farming families with support in the form of hay, clothes, boarding school fees, counselling, home visits, food and fuel vouchers.