Miranda’s off to Africa
Miranda Taylor and her mother Susie were inundated with homemade cakes, cookies, jams, books, toys and many other saleable items when they were conducting their second fundraising street stall last week.
Miranda graduated from Finley High School last year and now studies at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. She has been selected to participate in a unique fourweek volunteer program in South Africa, working alongside many other volunteers from around the world under the direction of an organisation called International Student Volunteers (ISV).
The first two weeks in South Africa will be spent in a remote community (Table View, Bothasig and Richwood areas of Cape Town) assisting with a sustainable community development project which will help the local population through education, renovating, revamping and building projects.
These projects include constructing community gardens, infrastructure development such as housing, water sanitation development, etc.
The total cost, including airfares, accommodation and most meals, amounts to nearly $7000 and the Taylor family has been hard at work raising the funds for Miranda to take part.
Miranda expressed her appreciation of being able to grow up in the Finley community and is most thankful for the support and encouragement she has received with her fundraising.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Miranda can do so by contacting her on mirandatay[email protected]mail.com .
●●● President of the Finley Show Society, Keith Kennedy, advises that due to the festive season there will not be a December meeting. The next meeting will be on January 25, 2012. A merry Christmas to all.
●●● The very busy members of Finley Menshed took time out last week to celebrate the festive season and discuss the progress of the many projects they have undertaken over the past twelve months.
Members of the community are welcome to call in at any time and view the handiwork carried out such as furniture renovation, gardening, painting and numerous other tasks.
Fresh vegetables are available for sale on an honour system and can be purchased from the stall in front of the building.
The many members of all ages would like to take this opportunity to thank the Finley community for the wonderful support over the past twelve months and wish all a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.
●●● Best wishes are extended to Norma Lawlor who recently celebrated a very special birthday. Norma received a wonderful surprise when family and friends turned up unexpectedly at her White St home to help her celebrate the occasion.
Former Finley Catholic Parish Priest Fr Paul Hart travelled from Corowa to join in the celebrations.
●●● Don’t forget, judging for the Finley Christmas Lighting Awards will take place on Monday December 19 and Tuesday December 20, so make sure you have the lights and tinsel out and about to add to the atmosphere of the festive season. Prize winners will be announced and presented at the Rockin’ Christmas Extravaganza on Wednesday, December 21.
●●● An invitation is issued to the community to join the Finley Band and local entertainers when Christmas Carols will be played and sung at Berriquin Nursing Home/ulupna Lodge tonight at 7pm.
This will be held in the quadrangle at the Nursing Home. Some chairs will be provided; however those attending are welcome to bring their own chair or rug.
Come along and add to the enjoyment of some of our senior and much-loved residents of our community.
●●● Items for “From Finley” may be submitted by phoning 0428 293 922 or email anne.free[email protected]pond.com or leave them at the SOUTHERN RIVERINA NEWS office.
Finley Menshed Christmas celebrations with (seated) Chris Bender and Jim Malone and (back, from left) John Bolitho, Finley Dawe, Graham Faulkner and Bob Shaw.
Susie and Miranda Taylor at the recent street stall.