IN FOCUS Nar­romine Ro­tary Club helps Tot­ten­ham Cen­tral School stu­dents in dry times

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WHEN Ge­off Smith trav­elled through the Tot­ten­ham district ear­lier this year, he was as­tounded by how dry the area was. Hav­ing spent many years as a mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club of Nar­romine, Ge­off con­tacted the Tot­ten­ham Cen­tral School’s Par­ent’s & Cit­i­zens As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Greg Rad­ford to find out how the lo­cal com­mu­nity was cop­ing.

Next, Ge­off con­tacted his col­leagues on the east­ern se­aboard to raise aware­ness of the ex­tent of the drought and the toll it was tak­ing, not only on farm­ing fam­i­lies, but also on the small busi­nesses re­liant on the lo­cal agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

With the sup­port of the Ro­tary Club of Nar­romine pres­i­dent Chris Bar­nett, Ge­off found that mem­bers from other Ro­tary Clubs were only too ea­ger to fundraise.

The com­bined ef­forts of the Ro­tar­i­ans have as­sisted the stu­dents and fam­i­lies of Tot­ten­ham Cen­tral School, with a cheque for $8750 pre­sented to Greg Rad­ford and school prin­ci­pal Amanda Thorpe at a re­cent school as­sem­bly.

“The Ro­tary Club do­na­tion to our school has as­sisted us to sub­sidise ev­ery stu­dent for their ma­jor ex­cur­sion this year, giv­ing each of our fam­i­lies some re­lief from the strain of meet­ing the costs as­so­ci­ated with school­ing, and help­ing us as par­ents to pro­vide ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties for our chil­dren. We are very grate­ful for their sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to our com­mu­nity,” Greg said.

“Our Kin­der­garten, Year 1 and 2 stu­dents re­cently vis­ited the Wam­ban­galang En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, and Years 3 to 6 stayed at the Dubbo Zoo and vis­ited var­i­ous Dubbo at­trac­tions. Our sec­ondary stu­dents will also be sub­sidised, with their ex­cur­sion tak­ing place at the end of the year to Port Mac­quarie and Coffs Harbour.

“We are look­ing for­ward to stay­ing in touch with our donors, keep­ing them up­dated about the drought, and our ex­cur­sions, and show­ing them how much we ap­pre­ci­ate their sup­port,” Amanda Thorpe said.

“We keep re­mind­ing our stu­dents how im­por­tant it is to re­mem­ber that no one has to help us, these peo­ple aren’t peo­ple who know us, and we must al­ways thank peo­ple for as­sist­ing us. One day, when we have an op­por­tu­nity to as­sist oth­ers in need, we will take it,” she said.

The school com­mu­nity would like to thank Ge­off, Chris and their team at the Ro­tary Club of Nar­romine, and thanks also to the Ro­tary Clubs of Nel­son Bay, Cess­nock, Kurri Kurri and East Mait­land; to Brian Cof­fee, District Gover­nor of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional District 9670; and Saint Stephens Unit­ing Church of Sydney.

P&C As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Greg Rad­ford, Nar­romine Ro­tary Club mem­ber Ge­off Smith, and school prin­ci­pal Amanda Thorpe.

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