Outback Schoolkids Perform Raindance To ‘Bust The Dust’
A raindance campaign launched by a tiny rural school with just 50 students is taking off globally to raise awareness and spirits during drought.
As dust storm after dust storm sweeps their dry community, the students at St John's Parish School in Trangie in NSW have put out the call for a raindance.
The Kindergarten to Year 6 students created a Facebook video, urging others to join them at 1pm on the 13th of December to bust a move for their event ‘Bust The Dust’.
“As a group of country kids, we were struggling to find the perfect way to help out in the drought...until now!” they wrote on their event page.
The simultaneous dance idea sprung up just three weeks ago while listening to a song about rain.
“The kids are saying they want to raise awareness and spirits for the drought, considering they’re living it,” Year 5/6 teacher Emma Wilson told 10 daily.
“They wanted to do something to help but a lot of their fundraiser ideas meant relying on their family who are also living in drought to contribute financially.”
Almost 1,000 people have expressed interest, as the students continue to create social videos plugging their event.
“It has absolutely taken off from our small event to something huge. We have at least one school or business participating in every Australian state or territory as well as interest from China, Ireland and England.”
Already, the goals of the event are being achieved for the Trangie community, which is home to just over 1,000 people.
“There’s excitement in the community about this event, everyone is really rallying around us,” Ms Wilson said.
“It’s very timely considering previously morale has been very low and we’re going into yet another festive season with drought riding on our farmers' backs.”
Ms Wilson said conditions are worsening in the community as drought continues to impact 99.9 percent of NSW, according to the Department of Primary Industries drought maps.
It’s one reason why leading drought charity, Rural Aid, has come on-board to back the cause.
“I think it’s fabulous that all generations are getting behind the farmers and kids are some of the most passionate,” Rural Aid Co Founder Charles Alder told 10 daily.
The organization is planning to have the rain dance incorporated to the Hay Mate charity concert in Melbourne, which is headlined by John Farnham.
While lifting spirits is essential, Alder said there are many ways to support farmers and communities in drought.
“People are raising money to put food on the table for farmers at Christmas or for hay to feed animals and there’s significant interest in buying water for rural communities.”
Look up Bust The Dust Raindance on Facebook to register for the event and upload a video of your raindance.