Biala school’s new bus isn’t far away
Lennox Head’s Tracey Everingham, fundraising co-ordinator for Variety – the children’s charity said last week she had sent a cheque for $37,000 to Variety, and Biala also had sent a cheque to make the total contribution nearly $80,000.
Tracey said Variety – the children’s charity have matched that, and the new air-conditioned 18-seater wheelchair-access Sunshine coach could arrive as early as late this month.
Tracey launched her fundraising effort for the school about 18 months ago.
She was motivated to help the school for children with disabilities after seeing that the students were limited in their excursions because the current bus wasn’t air-conditioned.
She launched her effort with a Melbourne Cup luncheon in 2007.
She previously helped raise money so Southern Cross School K-12 could buy a Sunshine coach for the Support Unit.
But while the wheels on getting the bus are well and truly in motion, there are still the on-road costs that have to be paid for.
So Tracey, in conjunction with the Lennox Head Young Bootscooters, has organised a Black and Bling bootscooting concert and dinner.
The proceeds of the night will be split, so some of the money will pay for the registration and insurance for the bus, while the balance will be used by the young bootscooters to help them get to the national championships in Tamworth in January.
The local bootscooters have had plenty of success at the Country Music Capital in the past.
The fundraising event will be held at the Lennox Head Bowls and Sports Club on Saturday, August 29, from 6.30pm to 9pm.
Tickets cost $35 and include a two-course dinner and entertainment provided by the bootscooters.
Tickets are available from Le Chelle Boutique in Lennox Head or from Biala Special School in Fox Street, Ballina.