Cot­ton, wine in­dus­try tours help lo­cal kids

Western Times - - NEWS -

SUN-safe Year 7 stu­dents will ben­e­fit from the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion of the lo­cal cot­ton and wine in­dus­try, as grow­ers thanked the com­mu­nity for its on­go­ing sup­port by pre­sent­ing money to schools.

Cot­ton grow­ers Scott Arm­strong and Ian Todd joined St Ge­orge visi­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tre’s San­dra Lee to present a $2100 cheque to P&C rep­re­sen­ta­tives from St Pat’s School, as well as St Ge­orge state and state high Schools.

The money was dis­trib­uted evenly and the $700 re­ceived by the high school will go to­wards pro­vid­ing sun pro­tec­tion for the new des­ig­nated Year 7 build­ing.

P&C pres­i­dent Rochelle Fer­gu­son said the com­mit­tee was grate­ful for the funds.

“We will be putting the money we have been kindly given to­wards pro­vid­ing ex­tra sun pro­tec­tion for he up­com­ing Years 7s in 2019,” Ms Fer­gu­son said.

“That’s some­thing we need to fo­cus on.”

The money comes from the pro­ceeds of cot­ton­vine­yard tours, or­gan­ised with River­sands, which run weekly dur­ing the May to Septem­ber tourist sea­son.

Or­gan­iser David Blacket said the tours were a way to show off what the Balonne re­gion had to of­fer.

“Seven lo­cal cot­ton grow­ers do­nate their time to host the tours,” he said.

“These aim to show­case the St Ge­orge Ir­ri­ga­tion In­dus­try.”

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