School pupils on the South Coast have demonstrated great generosity to help families to get through the drought.
At the end of last term, Sunshine Bay Public School pupils organised a colour run fundraiser and they nominated to help families affected by drought in the Candelo area.
Sunshine Bay PS principal Maree Dielman had visited the area recently and was determined to work with her parents and pupils to help lift the morale of the local farming families.
“We are absolutely thrilled at the response we’ve had to the colour run fundraiser at Sunshine Bay PS, and delighted to translate such a strong spirit of support into practical benefit for the children and their families affected by the drought,” said Ms Dielman during her recent visit down south.
Ms Dielman and her husband along with generous P&C members brought their student leaders to Candelo Public School to donate all of the equipment needed to run its own colour run activity for pupils, staff and parents.
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They even included a barbecue lunch and organised a surprise visit by local celebrities Toad and Amanda from House Rules.
Every child will benefit and we are so very grateful to Sunshine Bay PS for their wonderful kindness.Makayla Dehnert, Candelo Year 6 leader
At an assembly, Sunshine Bay Public School pupil leaders presented a cheque for $7400 to the Candelo school’s farming community!
“Our families can now access major excursions, receive new summer uniforms as well as organise with other local small schools a Robotics Challenge Day at Candelo,” Candelo PS principal Suezanne Bourke said.
“This will ensure that the generosity of Sunshine Bay Public School is spread as far as it can possibly go at this challenging time.
“We are so grateful for the generosity and work that Sunshine Bay PS has organised to help all of the children.
“It is incredible generosity and thoughtfulness, so many people have gone way out of their way to make special things happen!
“We are very proud of public school values displayed by all involved,” she said.
Year 6 school leader Makayla Dehnert reported “all of the classes are now busy writing thank you notes to say, ‘Thank you Sunshine Bay Public School’” .
“The help with excursion fees means that we are now all able to access sporting and STEM excursions, these experiences will help us to deepen our learning of topics,” Makayla said.
“Every child will benefit and we are so very grateful to Sunshine Bay PS for their wonderful kindness.”
Sunshine Bay is located just south of Batemans Bay on the coast-hugging George Bass Rd.