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