Young Alex Nicholls may only be 11 years old but growing up on a farm, he sees the effects of drought every day.
He has seen the impact on his parents’ merino sheep farm at Munro with both having to return to full-time off-farm work and close their free-range egg business because of high grain prices. He also joins parents, Casey and Luke Nicholls, at monthly social gatherings of farming families at Munro and the many drought stories have obviously resonated.
It was on the morning drive to St Patrick’s Primary School in Stratford that he heard about the One Good Community Grants being offered by the Federal Government through Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN).
Alex wanted to raise money to help Gippsland farmers and had been thinking about holding a 5km Fun Run/Walk around Lake Guthridge in Sale so he successfully applied for $500 from One Good Community to buy medals for participants.
The event was held on Sunday 20 October and attracted around 200 participants. Importantly for Alex, he raised approximately $7000 for drought relief.