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More than 100 people gathered at the Lakeside Centre last Tuesday for Tomorrow Today’s Annual Celebration.

It was a wonderful opportunity to hear stories of achievement and change.

The work of the Foundation came to life when Education Benalla Program Manager, Sally Matheson interviewed a local dad and his 13 year old daughter.  The extraordinary benefits of connection and support, thanks to Tomorrow Today activities such as the digital project, sports initiative and individual funding assistance were clearly demonstrated.

In a powerful presentation, Liz Chapman OAM, Convenor of the Education Benalla Program outlined the compelling reasons for a system wide, whole of community approach to addressing the poor educational attainment levels in a persistently disadvantaged community like Benalla.

The audience heard that Tomorrow Today, in partnership with local public, private and community organisations, has many activities and projects running, that in multiple ways, support Benalla’s kids to succeed.  And that Benalla’s data now shows significant progress in the early years, so that children starting school are more able to keep pace with the national curriculum.

“It takes a village to educate a child,” Ms Chapman stated.  “Benalla is a capable community that is showing the world that socio-economic status need not dictate life trajectories.”

Thanking all volunteers and donors for their support, Chair, Sally Gamble, reported on a very busy and successful year for the foundation and acknowledged the unprecedented cooperation and collaboration in Benalla to create positive change.

Sally also commended the work of the newly established Friends of Tomorrow Today group. The Friends are organising an Open Garden fundraiser at Marangy this weekend, with all proceeds to support the work of the foundation.  Marangy is located at 45 Standish Lane, Benalla, 5 kms out Kilfeera Road from Benalla Hospital.  It will be open from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November for an entry fee of $10, concession $8 and children under 18 admitted free.