School pitches in to help country cousins

DRIVING through the Northwest Slopes of NSW on his way to Warialda High School, Canterbury Boys High School Principal Ross Dummett, along with his wife and three young daughters, were shocked at the vast, dry paddocks with barely a blade of grass in sight.

It was then that the man on a mission knew he was doing the right thing – delivering 100 book packs for Year 6 students transitioning to Year 7 plus a grant of $5,000 from Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL to supply Christmas hampers at a local butchers and IGA as well as pharmacy medicines the town was struggling to afford.
Mr Dummett explained that the initiative started when he heard at a principals’ conference that if the bush did not get rain in the next six months, local communities would not have any water.
“Then I read an email on the principals network from Shelly Way (Principal of Warialda HS) sharing the form she uses with her kids if they need financial assistance during the drought,” he said.
“I took this as a sign and made contact.
“I asked Shelly what she needed and thought she would say water but to my surprise, she said book packs, so that families had one less expense before Christmas.
“So I reached out to the Canterbury Boys High community and was overwhelmed by the response; I can’t thank everyone enough.”
Mr Dummett said support from Officemax, ensured they got above and beyond what a normal $25 book pack would include.
“The impact of me being there to make the delivery was overwhelming, the hall was filled with emotion, from the captains through to parents and staff, scarcely believing that a city school could care so much about their country cousins.”
Donations can still be made at Canterbury Boys and every dollar donated will go straight to help the students and families of Warialda.