Students eager to move into the next stage of their education have been given a helping hand from the community through grants from the region's education foundation.
The Country Education Foundation of Coleambally-Darlington Point (CEF-CDP) held their annual presentation night on Wednesday at the Coleambally Community Hall to provide $35,500 worth of grants as well as well wishes to the 14 students who have been provided funds through the foundation.
Treasurer of the CEF-CDP Ken Martin said "the world is at their feet" for the crop of recipients and it was encouraging to see their achievements and what they plan to do as they head off for further education.
"Years ago when I left school you were a nurse, you were a banker or you were a teacher - you didn't have the chance or the opportunities that they have now to study so many different things," Mr Martin said.
"To see what the young people have achieved through the time that we've been here... it's amazing when you see them, we've probably grown up with them, seen them when they were little tackers - I was driving buses for a while and [one of the recipients] Danielle [Mannes] used to climb up the steps to get onto the bus and now she's going off to university.
"It's good to see the way they've grown and what they've achieved and particularly what they've achieved at school. From a little country school we get some fantastic results coming out of there.
"We're hoping one day we'll get some of them back here."
Mr Martin said the foundation was now heading into their 11th year of providing grants for students living in the area and would be unable to facilitate the grants going out without the support of the community.
"We can't overemphasise the support we have from our sponsors," Mr Martin said.
"To have people like Transgrid come on board this year for the first time is fantastic, Coly Irrigation with the sponsorship that they've provided - it's great, the whole community is behind it and it's really wonderful.
"Every dollar we get it goes out [to students]."
A new contributor to the foundation this year was electricity network manager Transgrid, who provided $7500 worth of funds to eligible students.
Executive manager of major projects at Transgrid Sean McGoldrick said the company was willing to contribute as the foundation had the backing of the community and it was important to engage with the communities the company is involved in.
"As a company we're very passionate about opportunities for education," Mr McGoldrick said.
"We can see that a lot of communities need to make sure that their children have great opportunities, those opportunities sometimes involve them going outside of the immediate area to take up education and that's an expensive proposition.
"Any way that we can help - even in a small way through these grants - we feel makes a difference to the sustainability of the communities here."
Grant Recipients for 2020
- Danielle Mannes - Transgrid & Thyne Reid Foundation
- Mark Jay - Transgrid & Thyne Reid Foundation
- Zachery Leach-Deahm - Transgrid & Thyne Reid Foundation
- Tristan Talent - Murrumbidgee Council Community Grant
- Ella Painting - Coleambally Solar Farm Community Grant
- Jessica Bellato - Coleambally Lions Club
- Matthew Kelly - Coleambally Lions Club
- George Payne - CICL Grant Latta Bonded Scholarship
- Thomas Mannes - Dan Whelan Memorial Scholarship
- Pat Bowditch - Griffith Leagues Club
- Bailey Talent - Akazien Hof
- James Lyell - Noel & Joyce Chirgwin Grant
- Blake Mannes - Murrumbidgee Council Experimental Demonstration Farm
- Natalia Burgess - CEF-CDP