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Red Earth Unveils $1000 Bursary

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Melissa Barnett, from Taabinga Station, with Karen Seiler (Red Earth), Claire Kapernick (QRRRWN) and Cr Ros Heit (Red Earth)

July 27, 2017

A new $1000 training bursary for older South Burnett women was launched at the recent Red Earth Community Foundation dinner held in Kingaroy.

The bursary is being offered by the Barambah branch of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) and will be administered by Red Earth.

It is open for women aged over 30 who live in the South Burnett and who are seeking assistance to gain additional skills via training or personal development.

Mandy Bishop, from QRRRWN, reminded the audience that the Barambah branch had been with Red Earth since it began, with several members among the formation members of the not-for-profit foundation.

“This is the first of our annual bursaries through the Red Earth Community Foundation,” she said.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Red Earth website

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Also unveiled at the function was Red Earth’s new plan to raise money for its charitable activities.

Board member Karen Seiler explained the concept of “Impact100″, a fundraising strategy popular both overseas and elsewhere in Australia.

The idea is for 100 people to commit to donating a set amount of money annually which could then be put towards a “high impact” project, ¬†especially one that cannot be funded elsewhere.

“2017 Impact100 South Burnett” would involve 100 people donating $200, which would create available funding of $20,000.

“The 100 people would have voting rights to determine whatever project is selected to be funded,” Karen said.

The aim is to make an “extraordinary impact” by funding a project that would benefit the disadvantaged in at least one of the following areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Health and Wellness
  • Family and Community
  • Arts and Culture
  • Education

More information about South Burnett Impact100 is available by contacting Red Earth president Georgie Somerset on 0428-390-984.

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The dinner, held at Cassis restaurant on the Booie Range, attracted about 40 people who were keen to mingle and enjoy a constant stream of canapes.

The inspirational guest speaker was Wondai electrician Owen Blamires who described his activities in helping with the massive job of rebuilding Vanuatu after it was devastated by Category 5 Cyclone Pam in 2015.

Three graduates from Red Earth’s South Burnett Community Leadership Program – Brie Knopke, Jason Ford and Cr Roz Frohloff – also spoke.

Cr Roz Frohloff, South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell and Cr Terry Fleischfresser

Guest speaker Owen Blamires with Amy Wicks (Red Earth)

Mandy Bishop explains the details of the bursary to the crowd

Kristy Frahm (BIEDO) and Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff

SB Community Leadership Program alumna Brie Knopke with Ailsa, 15 months

Russel Huskisson and Karen Navie, from APM employment services in Kingaroy

SB Community Leadership Program alumni Jason Ford and Tanya Trace


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