Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW presented Darkinjung Barker with a new Sunshine Coach on Thursday 4 August 2016 to ensure students don’t miss out on important educational opportunities.
The 14-seat coach donated by Variety, is helping to improve students’ attendance at school and is providing a forum for Indigenous students to learn about their culture from the elders who drive the bus.
Barker’s Head of School, Phillip Heath, said the bus is an invaluable part of the school’s resources.
“The bus will be critical to the success of the School by providing free transport for students. The result has been 95% attendance at school and the only absences have been due to ill health,” Mr Heath said.
“Not only does the bus provide transport, but the elders who drive the bus provide a crucial link between school and home. Further embedding the School as an important part of their local culture and community.
Variety contributed more than $17,500 towards the coach, and additional funds were donated by the Barker Class of 2015, Barker College Foundation and Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council
“Variety – the Children’s Charity is committed to helping children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs and the Variety Sunshine Coach program is just one of the many ways we provide support to help kids reach their full potential,” Variety NSW CEO Tam Johnston said.
“Every child deserves the chance to be involved in every aspect of school life and we are proud to be able to support the students and staff of Darkinjung Barker.”