Ray White Centenary has donated $2000 to outback schools as part of the annual Ray White Group’s ‘Little Ray of Giving’ campaign.
The campaign is aimed at supporting the local community through donations, and over recent years has seen the Ray White Centenary office donate gifts for children facing a tough Christmas.
This year they wanted to try something that would have an even wider positive effect.
“It was a team decision,” Property Manager Natasha Johns said, explaining this year’s very successful campaign raised more than $2000 in cash which will be divided between three small schools in the outback area of St George, Queensland, exclusively for pupils’ school supplies.
The schools who will benefit are Begonia State School, Thallon State School and Bollon State School. Begonia State School caters for 11 students and has one teacher, while Thallon State School has 31 students and two teachers, and Bollon State School has 13 students with one teacher.
“The schools will receive vouchers for their families who will spend the funds at their local newsagents to buy stationery and other supplies for the next school year, who have also partnered with the program,” Ms Johns said.
“In this way, the donation has a more beneficial effect, supporting families as well as local shopkeepers who have also been struggling during the long drought.”
Principal of Ray White Centenary, Geoff Williams, is a long-time Rotarian who finds helping others very rewarding.
“How can it not make you happy to be able to help anyone but especially the kids? I’m really happy the staff have come up with such a terrific plan,” Mr Williams said.
The staff themselves, as well as tenants, landlords and even tradesman have come on board and donated to the campaign.
“Some landlords have just had their donation deducted from their rental, others have just donated to our Ray of Giving bank account. We’ve made it as easy as possible for people to donate,” Ms Johns said.
“What we all wanted to do here, was to find a way to really help people.”