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Levelling the playing field for country students

Publicity Officer for the Walgett Branch of the Country Education Fund, Kate Treweeke. Photo contributed

Students from rural and remote communities face difficulties and hurdles their city cousins don’t have to contend with, and an organisation which aims to level the playing field is asking for your support.

The Country Education Foundation is a voluntary organisation which helps tertiary students with some of the challenges they face in the pursuit of their career goals - subsidising the cost of travel and accommodation, uniforms and work gear for on-the-job training, and in some cases, helping provide food to struggling students studying away from home.

Kate Treweeke is a committee member and publicity officer for the Walgett branch of the Country Education Foundation (CEF), one of 44 branches operating across the state.

On June 24, CEF will be hosting an information session in Lightning Ridge, followed by another on September 8 in Walgett, aimed at reaching potential recipients of grants and funding, and hopefully encouraging more volunteers to lend support.

Kate said the information nights were an opportunity for businesses, community organisations, the Walgett Shire, parents and past students to have an informal get together to outline how the organisation can help young people reach their study and career goals.

Last year the CEF supported nine applicants with over $20,000 in funding. This year, in very tough times, there are 18 applicants. {…]

Read more in the printed edition of The Western Herald.

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