COMMUNITY SUPPORT: The Fraser Coast Anglican College is collecting sealed water bottles for Stanthorpe and its surrounding areas.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: The Fraser Coast Anglican College is collecting sealed water bottles for Stanthorpe and its surrounding areas. Glen Porteous

College students collect water bottles to drench drought

THE drought has affected the hearts and minds of Queensland residents in great need of flooding rain.

One region hit hard by the drought has been Stanthorpe and its surrounding areas.

Fraser Coast Anglican College staff and students have risen to the challenge to organise the collection of sealed water bottles for the drought-ravaged community.

College teacher-aide Sue Tyson teamed up with Year 12 prefects and decided to take action and help collect the sealed water bottles.

"I have been in communication with Rotary Stanthorpe and Water for the West and the water we collect will be distributed amongst the communities of 14 schools with a particular focus on farm areas surrounding Stanthorpe," Ms Tyson said.

Principal Joe Wright was supportive of the project and allowed the students to have a free dress day recently, with a gold coin donation from each student going towards the cause.

The money will be used to purchase gift cards from local businesses in Stanthorpe, to be sent to families in need.

"Helping others is part of FCAC's holistic approach to educating our students," Mr Wright said.

"We are very grateful to the college and wider community for their generosity and support of this initiative."

Several businesses such as Bidfood and Bolton Clarke Baycrest Retirement Living have come to the aid of this cause by collecting water at their businesses.

Richers Transport has donated the use of a truck to transport the water to Stanthorpe.

Packaging of the water onto pallets will start on Friday morning, with delivery to be carried out early next week during the school holidays.