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Students start the day right thanks to #GreaterNewEngland funding

Trying to function on an empty stomach is extremely difficult for adults, but it’s almost impossible for kids to learn while they are hungry, which makes a good breakfast essential.

That’s why Greater Bank is delighted that Walhallow Public School P&C Breakfast Club has received $3000 after winning the August round of the #GreaterNewEngland community funding program.

Runners up for this month, Centacare New England North West and Armidale Men's Shed, each received $1000 from Greater Bank.

Walhallow Public School P&C Breakfast Club coordinator, Cate Hayton, said the Breakfast Club makes a huge difference to the students.

“Walhallow Public School is a 100 per cent indigenous school with 26 pupils and most turn up to the Breakfast Club each day, so it’s now become part of their school day,” Cate said.

“A member of staff runs it with volunteers and the kids will usually run through a healthy eating program or a game to reinforce the message while they have their breakfast. So it’s not just about the food, they’re learning about nutrition at the same time. And any food that’s left over from breakfast will be made into lunch so nothing is wasted.

“This money will cover the fresh food bill for about two terms, so it’s a terrific help, and because there are no local shops near the school, it will also help to cover the costs of volunteers going into town to do the shopping, which is a round trip of over 60 kilometres.”

Greater Bank’s Regional Sales Manager, Will Boyd, said proper nutrition is very important for kids who want to learn.

“I know I find it hard to concentrate on an empty stomach, so it must be almost impossible for kids to learn effectively without having a good breakfast,” Will said.

“We know education is the pathway to future success and improve job prospects for our young people, so we are very pleased to see this funding go to such a worthy cause.”

Will Boyd, New England Regional Sales Manager.

Voting for the September round of the #GreaterNewEngland funding program is now open with a share of $5000 up for grabs. The nominees are Moore Creek Mountain Goats Football Club (Tamworth), Gunnedah Family Day Care and Uralla & District Pony Club.

The public can cast their vote online here or by visiting a Greater Bank branch. Voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday 29 September 2021.

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