FESTIVE SPIRIT: Farmer Ziggy Kominek, the owner of Santa’s Shaped Christmas Tree Farm at Gundaroo, loves his Christmas trees. He was pictured in 2017. Photo by Karleen Minney2018 has been a challenging year for our farmers so it’s time to send them some heartfelt festive cheer.

The Mercury, and it’s sister Fairfax Media mastheads, have partnered with charity Rural Aid to support the Christmas Cards 4 Farmers drive.

We are calling on childrento make a Christmas card with their own design and write a special message inside for a farmer.

Schools, preschools and childcare centres are encouraged to take part, as well as individual families.

The cards cannot be larger than 12cm x 17cm and must be mailed to Rural Aidno later than Monday, December 10, 2018.

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Rural Aid will then put the card in an envelope and send itan Aussie farmer to help put a smile on their face during the festive season.

Mercury journalist Belinda-Jane Davis, who has been covering the drought this year, urged children to take part.

She said adults could even participateif they wanted to use the card-making activity as a way of showingtheir support for farmers.

“Designing a card and putting a special message inside it can make a massive difference, and it’s also a fun Christmas activity,” she said.

“Children could make the card at their schoolor childcare centre, or even at home.

Rural Aid CEO Charles Alder said Post would deliver the cards and collect them from the charity’s Queensland headquarters.

That way all of the cards will reach the farmer before Christmas.

“Rural Aid is excited to help bring some Christmas cheer to our farmers doing it tough this year across ,” he said.

Want to get involved?

Here’s the finer details: