Pro­grams lauded

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Tomorrow To­day re­cently held it’s an­nual cel­e­bra­tion at Be­nalla’s Lake­side Com­mu­nity Cen­tre with de­lighted or­gan­is­ers ex­claim­ing that ‘‘Ev­ery­one left with a smile on their face’’.

More than 90 peo­ple at­tended the event, which show­cased the great work be­ing done by the foun­da­tion to build strength and re­silience in the Be­nalla com­mu­nity.

The pro­gram kicked off with a short video de­pict­ing two of Tomorrow To­day’s flag­ship pro­grams, PEEP (Par­ents Early Ed­u­ca­tion Part­ner­ship) and Con­nect9, fol­lowed by in­ter­views with a number of fam­i­lies and or­gan­i­sa­tions who have been in­volved in Tomorrow To­day’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

One of those in­ter­views told the story of suc­cess­ful out­comes for four sib­lings from a fam­ily that has faced sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

Three of the young peo­ple have gained ap­pren­tice­ships with lo­cal em­ploy­ers, and their younger brother has landed a part-time af­ter­school job.

All four children par­tic­i­pated in Tomorrow To­day’s Con­nect9 men­tor­ing pro­gram and Paid Part-Time Work Train­ing.

Their mum at­tributes much of their growth in skills and con­fi­dence to these pro­grams.

In the fi­nal in­ter­view an­other mother praised the Hands-on Learn­ing pro­gram sup­ported by Tomorrow To­day at Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege, which she said had been cru­cial in keep­ing her young son en­gaged with learn­ing.

Tomorrow To­day Chair Sally Gam­ble re­ported on a suc­cess­ful year, par­tic­u­larly not­ing the pur­chase of the Ce­cily Crt prop­erty where the or­gan­i­sa­tion hosts par­ent­ing, men­tor­ing, work skills and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­men­tre­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

The pur­chase gives Tomorrow To­day a per­ma­nent home and will en­sure that the foun­da­tion can con­tinue to work for the good of Be­nalla long into the fu­ture.

In more re­cent de­velop- ments, three new board mem­bers have been re­cruited who to­gether bring a va­ri­ety of skills, ex­pe­ri­ence and new ideas to the foun­da­tion.

In clos­ing, Ms Gam­ble thanked the many donors, fun­ders, com­mu­nity part­ners and vol­un­teers who make the work of Tomorrow To­day pos­si­ble.

At the end of the evening, State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan an­nounced that if elected the Na­tion­als would pro­vide $1 mil­lion to Tomorrow To­day to sup­port their suc­cess­ful PEEP pro­gram for the next four years.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Tomorrow To­day, or to view their new video and an­nual re­port, visit www.to­mor­row­to­day.com.au

Suc­cess­ful year: Pic­tured at Tomorrow To­day’s an­nual cel­e­bra­tion, ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Pat Clar­idge; Tomorrow To­day di­rec­tors Louise Pearce, Florent Thivil­lier, Nick Tay­lor, Liz Chapman, Sally Gam­ble, Bill Dob­son (re­tired), Melinda Law­ley and Adrian Al­dous with The Ian Pot­ter Foun­da­tion se­nior pro­gram man­ager Al­berto Furlan, and Trustee of the He­len Macpher­son Smith Trust Win­some McCaughey.

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