Magnate donates 4000 books to schools

Nicoletti donates 4000 books to schools

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CONNECTING WITH KIDS: Alice Mabin, author of "The Grower" books, which have been donated to 2000 Australian schools by agricultural magnate, John Nicoletti.

CONNECTING WITH KIDS: Alice Mabin, author of "The Grower" books, which have been donated to 2000 Australian schools by agricultural magnate, John Nicoletti.

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Agricultural magnate John Nicoletti has donated 4,000 books that highlight Aussie primary producers to schools across Australia.

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Agricultural magnate John Nicoletti has donated 4,000 books that highlight Aussie primary producers to schools across Australia.

This week, 2000 schools across every state and territory in Australia will receive a set of Alice Mabin's 'The Grower' series.

With each set valued at $200, it is said to be the largest private donation to the education system, and Mr Nicoletti said it his contribution to the industry he loves.

"I grew up in a marginal area in the wheat belt of WA, I've probably seen more droughts than good years but I still managed to put together a big chunk of land," Mr Nicoletti said.

"I want to encourage our young people.

"If we can give 10 or 50 or 100 people the inspiration to get out there and have a real crack, this is what it's about."

Author Alice Mabin took to social media to facilitate the books' dispersion.

Teachers, families and businesses including Pace Farms, Martins Transport, Benton Insurance, The Nomads Rotary Club covered the freight costs for the schools to get the books.

"I saw the passion and perseverance that Aussie growers put into their animals and produce but I also saw the disconnect between this industry and the people who are fed and clothed because of it," Ms Mabin said.

"I knew I needed to somehow bridge that divide between those who are involved and those who aren't, the country and the city, and get recognition for our farmers and John took it one step further by making sure as many school kids as possible can get their hands on these books.

"Ag is the heart of our country, and with these books, school kids will get a better understanding of how and why that is."

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