Local achievers nominated

Local achievers nominated

The Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards has officially finished the state-wide search for their community contributors and Kingborough Community Missions and Blackmans Bay Primary School Parents and Friends Association have both been nominated for the Tasprint Community Group of the Year Award.
Blackmans Bay Primary School Parents and Friends Association’s main priority is enabling students learn and grow with the tools they need.
Each year, the Blackmans Bay Primary School Association committee supports the student learning through targeted financial support.
In 2021, that amount totalled $14,000, plus any other requests across the year, and this small Parents and Friends fundraising committee was tasked with raising this money.
Chairperson of the School Association Committee, Dr Karen Sutherland, said the group feel very honoured to have received a nomination for the community achievement awards.
“Our Parents and Friends group is made up of a number of dedicated parents, who regularly give up their time to plan, organise and assist in the running of all of our fundraising events at Blackmans Bay Primary School.
“As a public school, we rely on the additional financial support that is sourced from our various fundraisers, in order to provide additional resources and enrichment programs to our school.”
The funds raised cover important activities such as online literacy and numeracy programs, early childhood swimming programs, band programs, buses towards excursions, and a year 6 camp.
They also contribute additional funds for special projects such as playground upgrades and building improvements.
“The Parents and Friends group has been tireless in coming up with new and unique ways to raise money, and have been able to respond flexibly in a time of uncertainty to ensure that we have enough funds to meet all of our ongoing commitments to our school,” said Karen.
“I feel honoured to be a part of such a group of incredible parents, and it certainly makes my role as Chairperson of the School Association Committee, easier to know that we have such a reliable, dedicated and consistent group of volunteers driving our fundraising efforts.”
Blackmans Bay Primary School Principal, Della Wells, said the school are extremely grateful for the support from the Parents and Friends group and
“We thank them for their contribution to extra enrichment programs for our school”.
The other local nominee the Kingborough Community Missions is an emergency, short term relief food aid program, intending to continue to provide thousands of quality frozen meals to disadvantaged families and homeless people.
The food aid is distributed through eight outlets including The Salvation Army Supported Housing (Homeless Centre), Kingston Neighbourhood House, The Huon Salvation Army outlet (including Huonville High School breakfast club for students), Kingston’s Jireh House Women’s Shelter, Community Care at Kingborough Family Church, Woodbridge Westwinds Community Centre, and the Ronald McDonald House.
Founder Peter Harvey raises majority of the money donations from local Kingborough businesses and individuals.
“As you will understand, to provide these meals and our food aid program costs thousands of dollars,” said Patricia Harvey from Kingborough Community Missions.
“Fundraising in COVID times is difficult with businesses tightening their belts.
“Norman Spurr, our wonderful 80-year-old volunteer, has changed the way Kingborough Community Missions operate.
“Norman has organised the generous group of North West Coast and Midlands farmers who have donated up to 17 tons of vegetables in both 2020 and 2021, freighted at no cost by TasFreight,” said Patricia.
All Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards nominees and finalists receive a letter of congratulations and a certificate of encouragement for their nomination.
Finalists will be presented and Winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday, December 3.


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