In­vest­ing in fu­tures

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THE re­sound­ing suc­cess of the Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion’s Art Ex­hi­bi­tion and Auc­tion has en­sured that the youth of Coon­am­ble will con­tinue to be as­sisted in their pur­suit of ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties af­ter leav­ing school.

The com­mit­tee worked tire­lessly to en­sure that all art pieces were dis­played to ad­van­tage and that at­ten­dees were treated to a very spe­cial evening out. The show­ground pav­il­ion looked a treat – a gallery equal to the best.

There was a to­tal clear­ance of the 51 art pieces ex­hib­ited. A large per­cent­age of the works were do­nated by lo­cal artists and the Coon­am­ble and District Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion are very ap­pre­cia­tive of their gen­eros­ity. There were also sev­eral do­na­tions from artists from out­side the district – from Bourke to Tam­worth, Syd­ney and the South­ern High­lands to Mungindi. A big thank you to all – the works were very di­verse and cre­ated great in­ter­est among the 150 strong at­ten­dees. (Please go to the ad­ver­tise­ment in this edi­tion for a com­plete list of the gen­er­ous artists who do­nated their works)

Of the 51 ob­jects d’art up for auc­tion, four were sold via a live auc­tion. The auc­tion­eers ex­traor­di­naire, David Thompson and David Chad­wick, along with their trusted spot­ters, had heads nod­ding and fin­gers lift­ing at a fre­netic pace. The four items raised a hand­some $3,600 for the Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion. A big thank you to the artists, the art lov­ing pur­chasers and the auc­tion­eers.

The re­main­ing items were sold un­der the rules of ‘silent’ auc­tion with bids writ­ten on clip­boards near each art piece. There was a lot of friendly ban­ter be­tween mem­bers of the crowd as they vied for their spe­cial pieces. When the whis­tle blew to sig­nify the end to bid­ding, the Foun­da­tion had been gifted an­other $12,000. An amaz­ing re­sult, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the artists.

With MC, David Tay­lor, at the helm, the event pro­ceeded with­out a hitch. A high­light of the evening was David in­ter­view­ing four past re­cip­i­ents of Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion as­sis­tance.

Luke Brown, told of his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the help he re­ceived to com­plete his builder’s ap­pren­tice­ship and of his plans to con­tinue his trade for 12 months in Eng­land next year. More than the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, it was the fact that the Foun­da­tion cared and en­cour­aged him that mat­tered.

Ray­mond Happ was de­ter­mined to be­come a teacher and this year he has been teach­ing ge­og­ra­phy, his­tory and maths at Coon­am­ble High. His en­thu­si­asm for his work and his ob­vi­ous love and re­spect for his lo­cal com­mu­nity was a de­light to hear. He said the Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion had en­abled him to com­plete his stud­ies, es­pe­cially with as­sis­tance to cover practicum ex­penses.

Sam Turn­bull ex­plained that the Out­ward Bound Lead­er­ship camp that she at­tended as a 17 year-old, cour­tesy of the lo­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, was life chang­ing for her. It gave her the courage to move to Bris­bane to se­cure work and later study to be­come a teacher. She now teaches as a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher at Coon­am­ble High.

Af­ter a cou­ple of years’ study, Bren­dan Swans­bor­ough was a lit­tle dis­en­chanted with the fi­nance world, so made a switch to ad­ver­tis­ing. Work­ing in ad­ver­tis­ing has been a real buzz for Bren­dan, the pin­na­cle be­ing the op­por­tu­nity to work on the Bud­weiser ad for the Amer­i­can Su­per-bowl.

On re­turn from New York, Bren­dan has worked in Syd­ney and has re­cently moved to a new po­si­tion in New­cas­tle. Bren­dan said the Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion and the peo­ple of Coon­am­ble were in­stru­men­tal in en­cour­ag­ing him to pur­sue his dreams.

Ma­jor spon­sor for the event was the Coon­am­ble Abo­rig­i­nal Health Ser­vice, with the com­mit­tee thrilled to part­ner with this ser­vice. The com­mit­tee of the lo­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion are firm be­liev­ers that health and ed­u­ca­tion are the keys to a happy, ful­fill­ing life.

Lo­cal gen­eros­ity con­tin­ued with the gold spon­sor pack­ages taken up by the Coon­am­ble Bowl­ing Club, Green­tree Farm­ing, Hal­croft & Ben­nett and AJF Brien. The ju­nior sports clubs Lit­tle Ath­let­ics, Rugby League and Cricket joined forces to also pur­chase a joint gold spon­sor­ship pack­age. Sil­ver spon­sors were AG n Vet, Coon­am­ble Rugby Club, Conex Ser­vices, El­ders, Coon­am­ble Cel­lars and Land­mark. The foun­da­tion’s com­mit­tee are very grate­ful for the sup­port of the lo­cal business and sport­ing com­mu­nity. (To see a com­plete list of spon­sors and Friends of the Foun­da­tion, please re­fer to the ac­com­pa­ny­ing ad­ver­tise­ment)

The raf­fle of two nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion at “Midgee Cot­tage” in Mudgee and din­ner for two at The Wine­glass Restau­rant was kindly do­nated by for­mer Coon­am­balite Anne John­ston.

The com­mit­tee of the Coon­am­ble and District Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion would like to thank the com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing this ma­jor fundraiser. An early tally points to a nett re­sult in ex­cess of $25,000. This won­der­ful boost to the Foun­da­tion’s funds will en­able many more young peo­ple of the Coon­am­ble com­mu­nity to pre­pare for a suc­cess­ful fu­ture.

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