COONAMBLE AND DISTRICT EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The Coonamble and District Education Foundation was founded in 2004. Since inception, the volunteer run foundation has provided $380,000 in locally raised financial support to it’s regions youth to support access to post-school education. As a part of Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF), the local foundation has also been able to access an additional $182,300 in direct funding for students through nationally sourced partnerships.
From set up to pack down, it was all hands on deck from the local foundation, community members and CEF Alumni in town for the event. They did the media rounds with Geoff Mann from ABC Rural and the local rag Coonamble Times, sold raffle and bar tickets and helped out in the marquee, all to raise funds for this great cause.
The Saturday was packed with plenty of activities to entertain attendees of all ages – big and small!
The morning was for the community’s kids, with the players holding a junior training clinic. Filled with drills, chaos and laughter, there is no doubt there were the talents of some future Wallabies and Wallaroos on show.
Once the kids cleared the field it was time for the games to get underway – four in all.
The Wallaroos and Western Plains Rugby Union Womens teams took to the field to get the day started. This was followed by matches between the Western Plains XV vs Coonamble Invitational, and a local derby between the Western Plains East Barbarians and Western Plains West Barbarians.
CEF Alumni Lachie Barrett chatting to the crowd in the marquee.
Classic Wallaby #881, Nathan Charles led the fundraising formalities in the Marquee. He spoke with Coonamble and District Education Foundation Chair Ben Markey about the extraordinary impact the foundation has had on the youth of the region, and why the work is so important.
He also had a joke with past grant recipient and CEF Aspiration Influencer Lachie Barrett who spoke to the crowd about the difference the support he received has made for him. Lachie is now working as a teacher in Orange NSW, but is always keen to get involved and give back to the foundation that helped him achieve his education.
THE MAIN EVENT
If perhaps the show on the field wasn’t quite your thing but you were keen to support this fantastic fundraiser, the day featured a bar and plenty of food and an Auctions Plus game jersey live auction. And of course one of the best drawcards in recent times – the opportunity to be out and about and socialise with other people.
The games were played in the true spirit of the game, and the cause was well and truly the focus of the day. So much so, that we can’t even find any final scores published for bragging rights!