Players and CEF combine for fundraiser in July

Canowindra’s Country Education Foundation (CEF) and the Canowindra Community Players are combining to raise funds for the town’s youth.

“I’d been looking for a charity closer to home,” Foundation member Peter Stacey said at a meeting of the two groups..

The Players will put on a production for the CEF in July 20, July 21, July 26 and July 27. 

There will also be a special matinee performance held on Sunday, July 22. 

​In October the CEF hopes to hold a short film festival called Cano Mocs 2804.

The festival will encompass documentaries and mockumentaries from three categories, Primary, Secondary and those who have left school.

“We intend to have a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects as a signature item,” Mr Stacey said regarding the film festival.

Starting with a single foundation in Boorowa in 1993, the CEF has grown into a network of more than 40 education foundations operating in Queensland, NSW, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Canowindra’s CEF was formed to raise funds for local youth to help them with their transition from high school into further education, training or jobs.

“Independent research shows that for every dollar invested in our work a return of $3.10 is created in social value, changing the lives of young Australians, their families and their communities,” Mr Stacey said.

“Over 90 per cent of our grant recipients go on to complete te course or training for which they are funded.

“By investing in these young people we are investing in their future and in the future of rural and regional Australia.”

“It’s fantastic what some of the kids can do,” he added.

Mr Stacey encouraged Canowindra residents to visit the website CEF.org.au to find out more about their work.