11 December 2018
When communities come together to support one another, the outcomes bring much more than a resolution to one issue. In 2018, our initiatives with the Tara community supporting country communities, developed significant care, understanding and empathy for the situation of rural families struggling with the tough times brought on by this terrible drought all over New South Wales.
As Tara women, we know our community can help others in need. Indeed, it is a privilege to do so. This year, our whole community has used its strengths, gifts, resources and knowledge to make a difference. We love how our generosity can cause others to know how much God loves them. We believe in ‘Head and Heart service’ – knowing what needs to happen and having the passion to see it through. The Tara students have led not only the fundraising, but also the learning as they have increased awareness for us all, of the difficulties facing families who live in rural areas of NSW.
The Tara community have supported a series of initiatives throughout 2018 to make a difference. This has included supporting the girls with Stationery Boxes for Central Schools that are connected to our country boarders, with Country Women’s Association NSW and Rural Aid Australia, all of which has been welcomed by our chosen schools and charity partners. The efforts by all have been wonderful.
Donations for stationery packs and the generous donations from Five Senses, Staedtler, and Faber Castell enables us to send a stationery pack, a gift and a hand ball to six country schools and 501 students. The retail value of the stationery is $14,918.90.
Donations in buckets & online has raised $1,570.65 for Rural Aid with a further $3,000 gathered at The King's School buckets for drought relief. Musical instruments were also generously donated to children in need.
Contributions from online donations, Carols in the Colonnade and Parents & Friends has enabled us to write a cheque for $17,376.48 to the Country Women’s Association – NSW. Our generous sponsors who supported the P&F Association at Carols were Taleb Australia, Toshiba Australia, Dulux and SAS. One of the Alumnae groups who met for a reunion even donated funds raised on the day. The CWA is a completely volunteer organisation with 100% of money raised directed to the most basic of family needs, such as medical expenses, household and electricity bills, fuel and help to avoid foreclosure. All the money we raised is going to support women helping other women. We love that!
Together we have made a difference to the lives of women and children who are in difficult times. I am grateful for every contribution to these Drought Relief initiatives and value what it means to families in need. Thank you for your generosity on behalf of our students, staff, parents and alumnae. We are fortunate that such caring people are in our community.
I pray you all enjoy a wonderful break and a happy and holy Christmas.
Mrs Susan Middlebrook
Some Recent Coverage Below:
Bourke Western Herald article (PDF 650.1KB) about the delivery of the stationery packs to the school in December 2018
Anglican Schools Australia December Newsletter (PDF 194.4KB) in December 2018
The Land article (PDF 1.8MB) on drought initiatives at Tara in October 2018 and the additional article in December 2018 here
The Mudgee Guardian Article