Edie donates piggy bank to YARC

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY FIONA BLICK

Not all do­na­tions have to be huge to be spe­cial, and this par­tic­u­lar one was quite spe­cial in­deed for the Yar­ra­wonga Aquatic and Recre­ation Club (YARC).

Four year old Edie Thom­son de­cided to do­nate the money in her piggy bank to YARC when she found out the group was try­ing to build an in­door aquatic cen­tre in Yar­ra­wonga.

“I love swim­ming and my mum takes me to Wan­garatta to learn to swim,” Edie said.

“I can float like a starfish and dive down and get toys from the bot­tom of the pool.

“There are some coins and some notes in my piggy bank and that might help to build an in­door pool in Yar­ra­wonga.”

Edie’s mum Carly said both her and her hus­band Dan were paid up mem­bers of YARC al­ready.

“Our lit­tle tadpole goes over to Wan­garatta for swim­ming while our older son Noah is at school so when she heard her fa­ther and I talk­ing about a pos­si­ble in­door pool for Yar- ra­wonga she be­came very ex­cited and wanted to help,” Carly said.

“Noah used to also swim in Wan­garatta but can’t re­ally do that any­more be­cause af­ter school he now has bas­ket­ball and foot­ball and it just isn’t fea­si­ble for us to drive all that way for a sec­ond time, which is a shame be­cause he loved it.

“He would ab­so­lutely par­tic­i­pate in swim­ming lessons all year round if there was an in­door pool here in Yar­ra­wonga.

“It re­ally is a non ne­go­tiable skill for our chil­dren.

“You have to be a strong swim­mer liv­ing here in Yar­ra­wonga, right next to Lake Mul­wala and the Mur­ray River.”

Trea­surer of YARC Dario Prighel said he was thrilled with Edie’s kind do­na­tion.

“We have re­ally only had adult mem­ber­ships avail­able so far but Edie will be our first hon­ourary ju­nior mem­ber,” Dario said.

“We are go­ing to be do­ing a mem­ber­ship drive in com­ing weeks, start­ing with a street stall on the week­end for peo­ple to reg­is­ter.

“Mem­ber­ships are only $10 and this shows we are fair dinkum in our pur­pose.

“Look­ing for­ward we need more mem­bers, ideally we want between 800 to 1,000 as this num­ber will send a mes­sage to Moira Shire plus state and fed­eral politi­cians that the com­mu­nity is se­ri­ous in its de­sire for this cen­tre. “We are cur­rently sit­ting at al­most 600. Ac­cord­ing to Dario, YARC Inc don’t mind “do­ing all the work” in terms of get­ting this project off the ground “but we need Moira Shire’s sup­port es­pe­cially when we be­gin ap­ply­ing for any fu­ture fund­ing”.

“The pop­u­la­tion of Yar­ra­wonga is grow­ing ex­po­nen­tially how­ever the in­fras­truc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties for the peo­ple to utilise are not keep­ing up,” he said.

“We need to be­gin plan­ning now for fa­cil­i­ties to meet the ever-grow­ing de­mands.

“If coun­cil give an in­di­ca­tion they would sup­port this project I am cer­tain there would be donors and grant money com­ing on the back of this.

“We will be putting a sub­mis­sion into Moira Shire’s pro­posed 2017/18 bud­get.

“For peo­ple who al­ready have mem­ber­ship forms and are in­tend­ing to join, now is the time to do so, just drop your com­pleted form into the Yar­ra­wonga Newsagent.”

Dario said all mem­bers will be kept in­formed on the progress of the project and to be­come a mem­ber visit http://yarra­mul­ro­tary. org.au or email yarc3730@gmail.com.

Edie Thom­son puts the last coin from her lit­tle cat purse into her piggy bank.

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