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Get on-board the 5 cent
fundraiser for East Timor
It was during the December 2009 East Timor Development Forum that
Gemma Abraham -- the 2009 Young Citizen of the Year -- came up with the
bright idea to call on the community to donate their spare 5 cent coins
for the people of Ainaro in East Timor.
With help from the City of Ballarat and the Ballarat Friends of Ainaro
Community Committee, the '5 for T' 240-litre bin bearing the East Timor
flag was set up in Council's Phoenix Building as a communal collection
point for 5 cent fundraiser.
Community groups and schools such as the Ballarat Clarendon College
Middle School were quick to make contributions to the collection bin.
Coppens Signs donated the production of collection jar labels to the
The '5 for T' campaign donation bin will take contributions during
customer service hours (Monday - Friday, 8.15am - 5pm) until the end of
the year. Community groups and schools are encouraged to undertake
activities to support the fundraising campaign.
The money raised will help run projects in Ainaro under the direction of
the Ballarat Friends of Ainaro Community Committee. Established in
2005, the committee manages the Ballarat-Ainaro Friendship and
facilitated the December 2009 public forum to generate ideas for
Ballarat's continued support of East Timor.
For more information contact Council's Cultural Partnerships Officer
Liz Hardiman on 5320 5831.
Campaign targets safer
school drop-offs and
To make it safer for students to get in and out of schools at peak drop-off and
pick-up times, the City of Ballarat worked with RoadSafe Central Highlands
with support from Victoria Police to develop a campaign to encourage safe
parking in and around schools.
The initiative was established following feedback from schools, parents,
Victoria Police, state government agencies and local government
representatives that identified that parking around schools can create a high
risk environment for students.
Launched at the start of the 2010 school year, the campaign saw the
distribution of bumper stickers with the message ''Illegal parking around
schools endangers young lives' distributed to all primary and secondary
students across Central Highlands and Western Victoria.
Enlarged versions of the bumper stickers are also displayed on several school
buses in the region.
The provision of a safe environment for all students within the school
precinct is a key priority for school councils and senior
administration, as well as the City of Ballarat campaign
partners and RoadSafe Central Highlands's
Above: Gemma Abraham and Chloe Batstra encourage people to donate five-cent
coins for Ballarat's friendship city Ainaro in East Timor
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