Giving a young boy the chance to thrive in secondary education with a little helping hand is just one of the success stories to come out of recent donations made on behalf of the Bodangora Wind Farm project.
Donations by Infigen Energy were offered to each of the four Wellington schools as a sign of goodwill and affirmation of the company’s commitment to the community.
Wellington Public School deputy principal, Brent Eather, gratefully accepted the offer, saying the funds will contribute to high school costs such as text books and uniform for one worthy recipient.
“The money will be used in the form of a scholarship awarded to a boy in Year 6 who will be attending our local high school to be put towards his school costs for next year,” he said.
“It matches a similar scholarship offered for a Year 6 girl.”
St Mary’s Catholic School principal Simon Price also acknowledged the gift.
“Thank you very much for your support of the children of St Mary’s Catholic School,” he said.
“Your generous donation of our annual presentation night and the interest that you have taken in our school is very much appreciated.”
Bodangora Wind Farm has also committed to sponsorship of the Wellington Arts’ annual art and sculpture festival; and assisting Wellington District Cricket Club with purchase of new kit bags for juniors and stump labels for seniors.
It has also assisted Wellington Swimming Club, donated to the Wellington branch of Macquarie Regional Library, and contributed to the Wellington community Christmas party.
Infigen Energy operations and projects executive general manager, Tony Clark, said he is pleased with the level of sponsorship offered, which amounts to almost $5000.
“We have a firm commitment to making a difference through positive contributions in the community,” he said.
“The aim is to foster lasting relationships with non‑profit organisations in the Wellington community.”
Recipients of the first round of the Bodangora Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, which provides up to $10,000 in funding to each worthy organisation, will also be decided by the Community Consultative Committee this week. The total fund is $50,000 per year.
“The fund is a way for the project to provide meaningful financial assistance to local projects and initiatives,” Clark said.
“The purpose of the fund is to help local community groups and organisations.”