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We have been quiet on social media, busy planning and preparing for what is shaping up to be a big year at CEF! Part of this process has been reviewing our social media.

Over the coming months, we plan to bring you the same inspiring student stories, more helpful hints, important information, and some beautiful images of the people and place we represent in rural and regional Australia. πŸ‘πŸ“†

So today, we kick off with a bang with this incredible image of 2019 Country Education Foundation of Cootamundra grant recipient Brooke. It shows how we are attacking 2023 - with courage, confidence and determination! πŸ™ŒπŸ€©

#countryeducationfundation #surviveandthrive #CEFalumni #makeitpossible #cootamundra
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Are you studying in 2023 and looking for financial support? Do you have a little spare time during this holiday break?πŸ€”πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

Be sure to check out the CEF Scholarships Guide!

With hundreds of listings, having a scroll and writing some applications is a great way to make the most of your downtime... We have said it before and will say it again - you have to be in it to win it! πŸ’»πŸ’²πŸ‘‡

#ScholarshipsGuide Link in Bio

#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #scholarships #makeitpossible #inittowinit
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This week, something a little different to introduce you to our final Alumni Award winner for 2022 - joint Launching Star Jayden Reid from Central Australia. πŸ†πŸŒŸ

Earlier this year, Rob McDonald from @tba_content travelled to Alice Springs to meet Jayden and document the impact of @cef_central_australia on his life.

There is no better way to know the difference you have made for a young person like Jayden than when you hear him say: "Hopefully, I'll be a role model to my younger siblings and try get them into the trade force. It'd make me proud, probably my family proud and make me feel good as a person." πŸ€©πŸ‘

CEF is so proud to support and celebrate the achievements of this trailblazing young man.

@audiaustralia
#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #cefalumni #alumniawards #makeitpossible #audifoundation #tafe #tradesmatter #firstinfamily
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The Summer holiday is almost here... and we think it is safe to say everyone is looking forward to the break this year! How do you plan to spend your time this Christmas?πŸ˜œπŸŽ„

Do you use the time off to catch up with as many friends and family as possible, creating lasting memories? πŸ“·πŸŽ‰

Or are you happy to catch up on sleep and reflect on the year that was?πŸ˜΄πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ

#cefaus
#countryeducation
#countryeducationfoundation
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Will you be studying finance, commerce or a business-related field in 2023? πŸ“šπŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

Thanks to our wonderful partner, Findex Community Fund, we are again offering scholarships to support regional students undertaking study in one of these areas.

@Findexofficial and Findex Community Fund are committed to providing quality services in our regional communities. If you hope to work in one of these areas after graduation, this will definitely be a plus! πŸ‘πŸ‘

Find out more information and apply online:
www.cef.org.ay/cef-extra

#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #findexcommunityfund #makeitpossible #cefextra #regionalmatters #scholarships
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Did you know??

In Australia, Michael Buble's one and only Christmas album hits number one on the charts at this time of year, every year!πŸ’½πŸŽ„

So, of course that got us thinking - what are the go-to songs on your Christmas playlist each year? πŸŽ§πŸ“»

#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #bubleChristmas #Christmasplaylist
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Maybe you have that person who is hard to buy for, someone who already has everything, or you've left your run late and can't bear the thought of the Christmas crowds... πŸ˜œπŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

Perhaps financial struggles meant you - or someone you love - couldn't afford a post-school education... Or maybe you know someone supported by CEF and the difference it makes.

Whatever the reason, consider giving the gift of education this Christmas and donating in someone else's name. It's not only a gift for them; it's a gift for rural and regional students who will get to follow their dreams thanks to your thoughtfulness and generosity. πŸŽπŸ“šπŸŽ„

Education change lives. And families. And communities.

www.cef.org.au/donations

#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #givethegiftofeducation #regionalmatters #donationgift #countrychristmas
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"Home will always be home, but I believe it is very important to explore outside of where you were born and raised to allow yourself to be immersed fully in other life experiences which will make you appreciate what you have at home more."

An explorer and knowledge seeker, Corrin has a deep connection to the Kangaroo Island community where she was raised.
This has given Corrin a unique upbringing and the confidence to accomplish anything she sets her mind to. πŸ€©πŸ‘

Corrin's support from the Kangaroo Island Country Education Fund has allowed her to live independently in Adelaide as she studies a Bachelor of Forensic Science and Criminology at @flindersuniversity. With this opportunity, Corrin has gained valuable life experiences and explored educational pathways. πŸ“šπŸ”¬

With aspirations to work with the disadvantaged in the criminal justice and prison systems, we look forward to seeing where Corrin's career leads and congratulate her on becoming CEF's 2022 joint Launching Star. πŸŽ‰πŸ†

#Blog link in bio.

@audiaustralia
#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #cefalumni #alumniawards #makeitpossible #audifoundation #lauchingstar #KangarooIsnaldnEducationFund
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Summer is still deciding whether or not to make an appearance this year... so we hope taking a few minutes to read our Summer newsletter will add some shine to your day! πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈβ˜€οΈ

https://cef.org.au/newsletters/
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Are you from NSW and have been offered a place or enrolled in your 1st year of an undergraduate degree at @unsw next year?πŸ™‹πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

Then jump online and check the eligibility criteria for scholarships we have on offer for the duration of your degree!

Our friends at UNSW offer you a quality education and provide great support to regional and rural youth who attend the university.πŸ‘πŸ‘

Applications close 15th January 2023.

#CEFExtra link in bio.

#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #makeitpossible #cefextra #scholarships
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Education changes lives. And families. And communities.

We see it every day in the work we are so fortunate to do at CEF. And we have such an incredible impact because of you. πŸ‘πŸ™

This year, over $2 million in direct financial support was provided to 653 to rural and regional students.

Hundreds more were assisted through online resources, mentoring, experience camps, peer support initiatives and by our amazing volunteers.

So as the sun sets on 2022, we thank you for helping us to support more rural and regional youth than ever. πŸ™ŒπŸ€©

#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #educationchangeslives #regionalmatters #impact
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"I graduated high school in 2020 - the year of the Kangaroo Island bushfires - so year 12 began for all of us with loss, exhaustion and uncertainty. I am proud of myself and my friends for our resilience and drive to achieve despite the circumstances." πŸ€—πŸ‘

Ayisha hasn't let a number of challenges slow her down.

With encouragement from The Kangaroo Island Education Fund, Ayisha is completing a Bachelor of Clinical Science/Doctor of Medicine at @flindersuniversity. Having come from a regional area, Ayisha is no stranger to the barriers rural and regional students face. This understanding has led her to become a part of the executive committee for the Flinders University Rural Health Society, acting to connect with rural high school students and assist students in preparing for their tertiary education. πŸ“šπŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ

Ayisha Fearnside has faced these challenges with strength. Not only is she well on her way to becoming a doctor, she has found a way to help others who might not feel like they β€˜fit’ to feel supported and encouraged. This rising above is the very reason she was named our 2022 Rising Star. πŸ€©πŸŽ‰

#Blog link in Bio.

#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #cefalumni #alumniawards #makeitpossible #audifoundation #riseabove
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We all can fall into the trap of thinking we need to have things figured out every step of the way.... All the time.

Heidi from Temora reminds us that isn't the case at all... Change and discovery are some of the most exciting and rewarding things that can happen in life. πŸ‘ πŸ˜‰

And the best part of this one? Well, that is simple. Never stop learning! πŸ™πŸ™Œ

Can you find time today to learn or discover something new??

#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #changeisgood #learnsomethingnew #discover #temoraanddistricteducationfund @charlessturtuni
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The numbers have been tallied... And once again, you have answered the call! πŸ€©πŸ‘

The money you donated, combined with the matched giving allocation, has provided our CEF local foundations with an incredible $346,061 to support rural and regional youth. πŸ’²πŸ’²

No matter when or what we ask, you deliver. Your generosity and commitment to ensuring our youth get the education they deserve is heartwarming and we cannot thank you enough! πŸ™πŸ™Œ

#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #doubleyourimpact #matchedgiving
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"Sometimes things don't always work for you or suit, but there is always a way to do what you want to do. I guess I was lucky that I always knew what I wanted to do even at such a young age, and I had the support and the drive to get me where I am today." 🀩 πŸ™

James found school a challenge, but with a passion for all things cars and mechanics, he used this as the driving force to achieve his goals. With skills built along the way, he set the wheels in motion to turn his dream career into a reality.

Hailing from Grenfell NSW, James completed an auto apprenticeship and a Certificate II Automotive Electrotechnology (Air Conditioning) at TAFE NSW. With CEF Grenfell cheering him on and supporting him, he has opened his own business, with many great reviews to boot! πŸš—πŸ‘¨β€πŸ”§

James's success shows that with the proper support - and a lot of hard work - vocational training is a pathway that provides the best results for the person and the community. We celebrate with James his many achievements and congratulate our Audi Foundation - CEF Young Achiever of the Year 2022! πŸ‘πŸ†

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#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #cefalumni #alumniawards #makeitpossible #audifoundation #vettraining #community #jamesandersonmechanical
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"What colleagues don’t realise is the sense of community and respect when you come to teach in small towns to help these little minds." πŸ‘©β€πŸ«πŸ™

As a young girl growing up on a cattle property near Braidwood NSW, Katie Jayne O'Brien was already always thinking of others, whether it was taking care of the animals, handwriting letters or baking cakes for the elderly. 🀩

With teaching running in the family, she obtained a Bachelor of Education from the Australian Catholic University in 2012, with financial support and encouragement from @braidwood_education_foundation when she needed it most.

For Katie Jayne, community is everything. Whether in the remote Northern Territory, Queensland, her home of Braidwood or the small town of Jerilderie where she now works, she makes a tangible difference and is respected and loved.

Action makes a champion. And action is what Katie Jayne O’Brien takes daily to make a difference, instinctively and without hesitation. We are incredibly proud to recognise her as the Audi Foundation - CEF Community Alumni Champion for 2022. We should all be so lucky to have a β€˜Katie Jayne’ as a champion in our communities. πŸ†πŸ‘

#blog link in bio.

#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #cefalumni #alumniawards #makeitpossible #audifoundation #australiancatholicuniversity #community #kindness @audiaustralia @acuimages
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This is one of the statistics from our 2022 grant application data that frustrates us the most... and we know it is top of the list for our volunteers, students and families. 😩😠

Not only do regional youth often not qualify for youth allowance during the transition to post-school education when they need it most, but the information is still so complex and challenging to navigate.

We cannot thank the team at @the_riotact enough for helping to create awareness and understanding about this issue that our students face when pursuing their education goals.πŸ‘πŸ™

Read more:
http://ow.ly/ysUU50Lx7Fh

#cefaus #countryeducation #countryeducationfoundation #youthallowance #regionaleducation #advocacy
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