Protest raises money for preschools

CHILDREN, parents and sponsors paraded along Casino's main street on Monday for the launch of the Pedal for Preschools protest.

Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell climbed on his bike for the launch of the annual event, which is in its fifth year.

The aim is to raise funds for community-based preschools in the region.

Mr Cansdell said many community-based preschools were struggling to survive due to dramatic under funding by the NSW Government.

“This funding is crucial in enabling children to have a head start in life,” Mr Cansdell said.

“Many of the kids don't go to preschool because their parents cannot afford it. They are the ones that need it the most.”

Mr Cansdell said the event had raised a record high of $12,000 which would be evenly distributed among 16 community-based preschools in his electorate.

“The event not only raises much needed funds but also creates community support and awareness,” Mr Cansdell said.

Community-based preschools are non-profit organisations owned and managed by the community. They are funded by the NSW Government.

Mr Cansdell said under funding was forcing preschools to rely mainly on community fundraising to operate.

“The money was raised from sponsorship provided by local businesses including the Angourie Rainforest Resort, Country Energy and The Northern Star,” he said.

The money raised will enable preschools to invest in important projects such as playground equipment and education programs.

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