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Steggles Out and About in the Community
In conjunction with our community support scheme we have been assisting local schools and organisations across Australia.
In Far North Queensland, Atherton State School received four $500 grants to give to families this year. The grants will be used to support the purchase of laptop computers. Families were asked to apply for the grants answering this question: "Why should my family receive the $500 towards an Apple laptop?" The winners were announced at their full school assembly on Friday 3 December. Daniel Cachia was there to present the winners with a certificate.
In the Griffith region, Hanwood Public School received personalised school rugby league jerseys. Their jerseys will be used in representative fixtures such as the P.S.S.A. State Cup, Trent Barrett Cup (year three and four student competition) and the Mortimer Shield (year five and six competition). Principal Paul Sweeney said "We truly appreciate Steggles continued support to our school, the teachers, students and parents are extremely grateful. We have also assisted the school with purchasing the hi-tech sound and lighting system for their new school hall as well as the magnificent vegetable garden with tools and watering system. Yoogali Public School received a sports marquee to use at their sports carnivals and other recreational days. Principal Monika St Baker said "I cannot express our appreciation. Baiada has provided this amazing school resource for us and it is certainly a luxury which would have taken us quite a few years to save for. It will come in very handy in our 45 C summer days - this is a wonderful asset for us - Thank you!"
We have been involved in supporting the funding of Hillvue Public School's Special Garden Project. This has enabled students with special needs who are from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain experiences and skills they will carry throughout life. It has also given them a calm, peaceful environment where they can complete school work outside of four walls. The school will continue to add layers to their garden and look forward to eating the produce. "A lot of hard work has gone into developing the lovely garden area. The students are enjoying their experiences and have taken a great deal of pride in maintaining the garden. Returning from holidays, it was a delight to see flowers starting to bloom and vegies sprouting. Once again thank you Steggles!" said Tina White, Assistant Principal Special Education.
Griffith paints the town orange!
The Citrus Sculptures first went on show in 1995, when there were only four sculptures, and since have become the promotion of the Griffith Festival of Gardens, with the support of the Riverina citrus growers, without them the sculptures could not be done. Over 100,000 oranges and grapefruit are used to construct the sculptures, in particular the chicken (which first went on show in the year 2000) uses around 8,000 to 10,000 depending on the size of the oranges. There is also a sculpture of a horse and pumpkin coach, grand piano, huge guitar, a car (mini moke), fire truck, a giant owl and flower baskets amongst others!! There were 43 sculptures on display this year. When the sculptures are dismantled after two weeks the fruit is taken away to be juiced. Thank you to Sean Backhaus (Breeder Farming Manager), Geoff Mitchell (Farm 13 Manager), Luke Backhaus, Eden Goff, Brooke Kirby, Georgia Kirby, Chris Quinn (Processing Manager), Lisa Quinn, Mikaela Quinn, Debra Kirby, Tahlia Quinn, Alyssa Quinn, Jayden Quinn and Cooper Backhaus for their great effort and time this year for putting on an excellent display!.