Grateful: Woodbury School at Baulkham Hills received $11,000 from the Australian Chinese Medical Association Charitable Trust recently. The association held a gala dinner on November 3 to raise money for Woodbury and Northcott Disability Services in North Parramatta. More than 250 ACMA members, their families and friends dug deep to raise more than $20,000 in total. Woodbury executive director Dr Jill McDaniel said the school relies heavily on fundraising in the community ‘‘We are thrilled the trust chose us as a recipient of the ball fundraiser,” Dr McDaniel said.
The spirit of giving: Hills residents can help put a smile on children who may not receive a Christmas gift this year. Stockland Baulkham Hills and The Hills — Kellyville Rotary Club have organised a giving tree. Christmas trees outside Woolworths and Red Dollar in the shopping centre will be filled with gift tags with details of children selected by three local charities. Customers can select a tag off the tree and return the tag with their gift (unwrapped) and Rotarians will distribute the gifts. ■Fresh Rotary Christmas trees are on sale in the Bull & Bush Hotel car park this weekend and December 15 and 16. Pictured is Rotary president Bobby Redman, Stockland marketing manager Jelena Bosnic and centre manager Liz Maris and Stockland staff.
Music to the ears: Students at St Gabriel’s school for children with special needs welcomed representatives from Castle Hill RSL recently. The RSL had contributed to two outdoor musical sound sculptures, hand-crafted from Australian timber to complement the school’s leafy grounds. They were installed with funding from ClubGrants. The instruments include a marimba and a sonic bench which sounds when sat on. Pictured is Corey Peters, RSL group treasurer Robbie Duncan, Emma De Silva, and RSL group general manager David O’Neil.
Life saver: The Red Cross blood bank van visited William Clarke College recently with over 40 staff and senior students, including Oliver Carlson, donating blood. Every donation will help up to three people. Headmaster David Raphael: “Students volunteer to give blood, knowing that this provides practical support to others who are suffering in our community. For many offering this kind of support will become a commitment of a lifetime.’’
Charity champion: Hills resident Ray Saegar, 80, was honoured for his years of charitable work at a function at Castle Hill Country Club recently. The retired comedian has supported many charities including the Autistic Foundation, Ted Noffs Foundation, Starlight Foundation and Cancer Council. More than 100 people attended including Alan Jones (pictured with Saegar), Mark Warren, comedian Kenny Graham and Mal Johnston.