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Vale Tim Fischer, CEF Patron

By August 22, 2019 No Comments
Vale Tim Fischer, CEF Patron

The Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) remembers the life, quirky nous and dedication to education that the Boy from Boree Creek – the Hon Tim Fischer AC – shared with our organisation as Patron.

Mr Fischer passed away in August, aged 73, after a decade-long battle with acute leukemia.

The former Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader was involved with CEF as our Patron for over 15 years and only relinquished his position for a short time during his appointment as Australia’s first Ambassador to the Vatican City. He was re-instated to the position following his return from overseas.

Among his broad activities and interests, Tim managed to complete one of his many books Holy See, UNHOLY ME! 1,000 days in Rome. Author royalty proceeds were shared with a group of diverse charities including CEF.

During the course of this year, Tim was instrumental in establishing our first Victorian foundation, CEF Warracknabeal and gave his time to assist in the launch.

CEF chairman Nick Burton Taylor recalled Mr Fischer’s “encyclopaedic” military knowledge, which provided him with an educated understanding on the future direction for our nation down to the community level.

“Tim had a unique capacity to draw on the lessons of history and put them into modern context,” Mr Burton Taylor said.

“He was always committed to the benefits that education provided, often citing the much-admired General John Monash: ‘Depend upon it, the only hope for Australia is the ballot box and an educated electorate’.”

“He had the remarkable ability to recognise the lessons of history and to apply the learnings to what was being experienced in the moment. He only recently spoke at a public forum on such schoolings.”

Mr Burton Taylor joined with the CEF Board of Directors and our community in offering their profound thanks to Tim for sharing his wisdom, energy and enthusiasm for country Australia.

“To Tim’s family: Judy, Harrison and Dominic, we offer profound thanks for sharing Tim with us and our ambitions for youth and education in regional Australia,” he said. 

The Hon. Tim Fischer AC will be remembered by CEF as one of our strongest advocates; a man on a plight to promote the life-changing opportunities education provides to the young students from rural and regional Australia.

Mr Fischer celebrated CEF’s historic inauguration in Victoria – with the launch of CEF Warracknabeal – in July.

He was generous in enthusiastically sharing his wisdom in a dedicated plight for education to enable progress.

“Good education provides not only individuals with keys for a positive future, individual meshing cogs to create real progress but also the seeds on which the fabric of the nation can build and progress. The Country Education Foundation is a great facilitator in this regard, a great overall cog in the machinery of the nation can build and progress – it is deserving of wide support.” The Hon Tim Fischer AC

 

“The CEF has lifted the lives of many and in the process lifted the fabric of rural and regional communities across the nation.” The Hon Tim Fischer AC

 

“The quid pro quo is for students to have commitment and work hard to maximise their chances and their progress through good educational choices and achievements.” The Hon Tim Fischer AC

The Hon. Tim Fischer AC will be remembered by CEF as one of our strongest advocates; a man on a plight to promote the life-changing opportunities education provides to the young students from rural and regional Australia.

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