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Announcing a $50,000 contribution to the Yurungai bus appeal

We are thrilled to announce that the Australian Mutuals Foundation (AMF) has made a generous donation of $50,000 to support the Barnardos Australia Yurungai Learning Centre. This donation will assist with the purchase of a much-needed bus for the Centre, located in Waterloo, Sydney – an area with a significant First Nations community.

The Yurungai Learning Centre provides an after-school homework support service primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged between 5-12 years old. This service includes homework support, cultural learning, life skills development, self-confidence building, and the provision of nutritious meals. The Centre plays a vital role in the local community by offering these children a safe and supportive environment to thrive both academically and personally.

AMF’s ongoing support for the Centre has the key objective of closing the education achievement gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal primary school students. The goal is to ensure that children at Yurungai achieve, or exceed, curriculum benchmark levels in both literacy and numeracy.

The new bus will be instrumental in ensuring the children's safe transportation to the Yurungai Learning Centre from school. Once there, Barnardos Program Managers will provide the children with nutritious meals, academic support and access to extracurricular activities. Without supervised transport, many children would lack the means to attend the Centre or participate in its associated educational visits, cultural excursions, and sporting events.

The current bus is nearing disrepair, and as one of the older children pointed out, it’s much older than he is! The new bus will not only ensure the children's safe transport but also enhance their overall experience and participation in the Centre's programs.

We invite anyone who would like to make an End of Financial Year (EOFY) donation to support the Barnardos Yurungai Learning Centre to do so at the following link:

The goal for the Yurungai bus appeal is $120,000.

Your support can make a significant difference in the lives of these children, helping them to achieve their full potential. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to making a positive impact in the community.

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