Jarjum Pre School is celebrating the arrival of their brand new 12 seater school bus.
Jarjum Pre School is celebrating the arrival of their brand new 12 seater school bus.

Local children to benefit from kind donation

JARJUM Pre School is celebrating the arrival of their brand new 12 seater school bus, kindly donated by Variety Australia's Sunshine Coach Programme.

Jarjum raised $2500 towards the purchase of the new bus and Variety Australia were able to contribute the rest of the funds needed.

Director Maurita Cavanough said she was extremely grateful for the opportunity.

The Sunshine Coach Programme is a self-funding part of Variety, meaning Variety asks applicants to raise funds to contribute to the coach.

Jarjum Pre School already provide a school bus service to assist in improving school attendance and Aboriginal literacy.

This year's Closing the Gap report shows access to early education and basic literacy and numeracy skills among Aboriginal children are still falling behind national standards.

Jarjum Centre is hoping their additional programs and services; such as children having access to safe and reliable transport, will help turn things around.

"Real change only takes place when it's community led," Ms Cavanough said.

Variety brings sunshine to the lives of thousands of children through their Sunshine Coaches.

Special schools and other organisations have been the grateful recipients of a fleet of over 1,236 travelling Australia, transporting children to their daily activities and other special life experiences.

Jarjum Centre is glad that sunshine has been spread to the Aboriginal community of Lismore and is looking forward to continuing their school bus service at the school and being able to facilitate and organise cultural visits and local excursions with the children.



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