A small band of people have mobilised others whose combined efforts have, by the end of 2013, put 600 students through a full day Defensive Driving Course! After 3 short years, we have made a very healthy start towards achieving our goals. Well done, everyone!
Some adults get the ball rolling…
Since our beginnings as a foundation way back in 2010, we’ve organised quite a few functions – 2 charity auctions, 4 golf days, a high tea, 3 fun runs , raffles and a charity bike ride. I would guestimate these functions would have involved way over 3,000 people – all having fun.
To accomplish this, we enjoyed the support of many local businesses as sponsors, way too many to list in this article. After our inaugural fundraising function, Tracey Rich was quoted in The Bulletin (14 May,2011) saying she was overwhelmed by the support of the community; “Everyone was so generous!” This community support has been replicated every time we have a function. How lucky we are to live in such a community! We also enjoyed the support of CQ Drilling and Blasting, the CapCoast Runners, the 2013 International Women’s Day Committee, the Central Queensland All Classic Motor Club, Karen McGrath of Mocha Fashions, local Lions’ clubs , the social club from Capricornia Correction Centre and lots of raffle ticket sellers. What a very healthy start to our fundraising efforts! This year, as well as our usual supporters, Aurizon and JBS have got on board to put even more students through this life saving program!
Students get on board…
In 2012, our fundraising efforts took a turn in a different direction, when groups of school students commenced JRF fund raising ventures of their own. It all began with a junior Business class at St Ursula’s College organising a venture that raised $500. Another class from SUC repeated this event last year. Junior Business classes at Rockhampton Girls’ Grammar enjoyed some baking and raised $600. These girls were obviously smart businesswomen who knew how to target their audience of boarding school students; home made cakes were a great way to go, girls! In 2013, some of the Emmaus Year 12’s, invited Year 12’s from some other Rocky schools to a social gathering one Friday night at the end of May. This raised nearly $1000! Students and staff at Rocky High, North Rocky High, Mt Morgan High and Glenmore High supported our Gold Coast holiday raffle. Students joined us on our Mt Morgan to Rocky bike ride. Another St Ursula’s College class did some more fundraising and a Year 11 class from Rocky Grammar organised the inaugural Rockhampton Charity Golf Day.
Well done to the students and teachers involved in all of these events! Let’s see what we can do in 2014!