Posted by Chris McGrath on Nov 30, 2018
 
 

Tottenham Central School

Parents and Citizens Association

 
 

MEDIA RELEASE: 29 November 2018

Rotary assists students with excursions

 

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 and enquired on the state of the community before contacting his colleagues on the eastern seaboard to raise awareness of the extent and toll that the drought was taking not only on farming families, but also on the small businesses reliant on the local agricultural industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
For more information regarding this story, please feel free to contact:
 
Greg Radford, President, Tottenham Central School Parents & Citizens Association, T: 0427 928 204 Amanda Thorpe, Principal, Tottenham Central School, T:  02 6892 4006
Geoff Smith, Rotary Club of Narromine, T:  02 6889 5447
 
 
 
 
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 team of Rotarians enquired if their contribution could assist the students and families of the Tottenham Central School and their resulting efforts was presented to Greg Radford and Amanda Thorpe, Principal, in the form of a cheque for $8,750 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 all 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 Radford said.
 
“Our Kindergarten, Year one and two students recently visited the Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre and Years three to six 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”.
 
“As a school community, we hope to keep things as normal as we possibly can for our students whilst reducing as much financial burden as we can for our families. We are looking forward to staying in touch with our donors, keeping them updated about the drought, our excursions and showing them how much we appreciate their support. 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” said Amanda Thorpe.
 
 
 
“Our thanks and gratitude extends to Geoff, Chris and their team at the Rotary Club of Narromine and 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.
 
We hope that into the future, we can provide the same generosity to other communities needing
support” Greg Radford said.
 
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Thank you letter to District Governor, Brian CoffeyBrian Coffey District Governor

Rotary International District 9670
 
30 November 2018
 
Dear Brian,
 
On behalf of the Tottenham Central School Parents & Citizens Association, thank you for your involvement in the Rotary Club’s contribution to our school.
 
At a recent school assembly, Geoff Smith of the Rotary Club of Narromine presented us with a cheque of the combined monies raised by the Rotary Clubs of Narromine, Nelson Bay, East Maitland, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri, and the Saint Stephens Uniting Church of Sydney. Our parents and carers have been amazed by the Rotary Club’s interest and generosity to our community.
 
With your support, Chris Barnett, President and Geoff Smith of the Rotary Club of Narromine set out to subside each of our students for their excursions. During November our primary students and their families benefited greatly from Chris and Geoff’s initiative.
 
The Kindergarten, Year one and two students attended the Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre. Our Year three, four, five and six students attended the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the Royal Flying Doctors Service based at the Dubbo airport, visited an activity centre and were able to stay in Dubbo overnight. We have provided photos as attached files if you wish to include them within a Rotary newsletter, to reach your members.
 
Our secondary students will visit Coffs Harbor and Port Macquarie mid December, and everyone is becoming very excited.
 
Thank you again, for assisting us and we hope that soon we will be able to contribute to other communities and families in the future, as you have for us.
 
Kind regards,
 
Greg Radford President