Cotton, wine industry tours help local kids
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.”