Red-letter day for Fiver for a Farmer founder

Jack Berne (ABC News/Prue Berne)

Sydney Catholic school boy Jack Berne, 12, has already raised $1.8 million through his charity, A Fiver for a Farmer, so now he’s turned his mind towards a new project. Source: ABC News.

Jack, who lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, was 10 and a student at St John the Baptist Primary in Freshwater when he started A Fiver for a Farmer with the aim of providing relief to those struggling with the drought.

“I got people dressing up like farmers and bringing in $5,” he said.

“Now we’ve raised 1.8 million dollars. Everyone loves a dress-up day, especially if it’s for a good cause — and the farmers were really needing the money. It felt like a good thing to do.”

Jack’s next mission is to try and connect kids from coastal and rural areas — but perhaps not via the means that might be expected of someone his age.

“I’m going to bring back letter writing,” Jack said. “I’m connecting kids from the beaches to the bush, getting them to talk about their days, completely the same or completely different.”

Jack recently spent the day at St Paul’s Catholic Parish Primary School in Albion Park, south of Wollongong. He was invited to speak to 112 children from 27 primary schools from across the Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.


A Fiver for a Farmer founder Jack Berne, 12, looks to the future after raising $1.8m (By Sarah Moss, ABC News

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