Back Row Harley Brown Chris Borghero Aaron Phillipps Front row Aimy Kelly & Artist Denise Faulkner.
Thanks to the hard work of a small group of TAFE Western students and the generosity of the Mudgee community, the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program Auction for Homelessness and Student Work Display has raised $7000 for two important charities.
Mudgee College, TAFE Western Vocational Access Teacher Helen Doble said the $7000 figure had surprised everyone involved with the project, with 61 items auctioned including artisan works, vouchers donated by local businesses and local wines.
“Initially the students thought we may be able to raise $1,000 – I said $3,000 but was hoping for $5,000 - so the figure of $6,800 raised from the auction was fantastic and exceeded all of our expectations,” Ms Doble said.
“The $6,800 from the auction will be donated to Barnados Homeless Service in Mudgee, with $200 raised from gold coin donations at the door going to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.”
Ms Doble praised the efforts of auctioneer Hugh Bateman and thanked the Mudgee community for getting right behind this project.
“The night was a huge success, not only because of the funds we raised, but also because of the support that was shown for the students and the effort they put in,” Ms Doble said.
“The event was short in planning and its success depended on the students being able to pull it all together quickly. Along with a small group of helpers, the students achieved the near impossible, setting up the auction, donation tables, art installations, student work displays, digital equipment and band in less than two hours.
“It was a real credit to the 16 students involved. Their energy and enthusiasm flowed throughout the night and was a huge factor in the event’s success.”
For more information, photos and video clips of the fundraiser, visit Mudgee TAFE Homeless Campaign on Facebook.
*** The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program is a federally-funded program aimed at improving literacy, numeracy and language training to eligible job seekers.***