Fundraiser will help more Rockingham students attend university

October 25, 2011

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A great night of entertainment raised more than $40,000 to support school students from the Rockingham region.

The Rockingham Education Development Group coordinated the Dreams and Destiny Ball, a black tie fundraising event held in August to raise money for student scholarships.

The money raised on the night will support the Discover Your Potential scholarship program, which offers students from the Rockingham region a grant of $2500 per year for the term of an undergraduate degree at Murdoch University’s Rockingham campus. The grant can be used to meet costs of studying and other needs such as fees, books, accommodation and study materials.

Mrs Barbara Holland, Chair of the Rockingham Education Development Group said: “We are delighted with the success of the Dreams and Destiny Ball. We worked really hard on the event and we not only showcased Rockingham but also helped our local kids.

“I would really like to thank all those who supported the event, as well as those who donated to the Discover Your Potential scholarship fund.”

Professor Andrew Taggart, Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Education and Creative Media) at Murdoch University, who has responsibility for the Rockingham campus, said: “We are thrilled with the amount raised at this fantastic event. These scholarships provide a real opportunity for local young people to achieve a university education.”

The Pipers from the City of Rockingham Pipe Band welcomed guests before the Western Australian Navy Reserve Band set the musical tone for the evening during a lavish dinner. Ross Wilson from Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock then got everyone rocking on the dance floor.

Guests mingled with VIPs including Mayor Barry Sammels, Hon Gary Gray, Hon Mark McGowan and Hon Phil Edman MLC, senior executives from Murdoch, and executives from Satterley, Cedar Woods, PEET & Co and the Department of Housing.

The night included a silent auction with a number of items donated by both local and Western Australian businesses including weekend stays in Broome and lunches at south west wineries.

Support for scholarships is still needed in order to help students attend Rockingham’s local university and achieve their dreams. More information is available from Barbara on 0419 909 357.

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