Tubby’s night brings wave of donations
FRIDAY night's Tubby's White Whales fundraiser is set to have an impact far and wide.
The Fantasy Island themed party raised $25,000 for the Trust of the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club, which announced on the night it was donating $10,000 to enable the Coffs Harbour Primary School to buy a new community bus.
The bus will be used by the school to provide transport for special needs and other students, and also by the surf club to get members to carnivals and other activities on weekends.
The Trust also announced a Tubby's White Whales Surf Lifesaving Scholarship program for ages 15-plus, with nippers aged 8-plus being added to the program in 2014/15.
Trust co-ordinator Samantha Wardman said up to 20 scholarships would be awarded annually, to help children from disadvantaged and non-English backgrounds join the surf club.
"This program really embodies the true essence of what Peter 'Tubby' Wallace did for surf lifesaving members who needed a helping hand or encouragement to become the best they could be," Ms Wardman said.
"It's very heartening for the Trusts' committee to have established this scholarship program to continue Tubby's spirit."