Bowraville Pays It Forward

They say one good deed deserves another and that adage certainly rings true in the tiny town of Bowraville on the NSW north coast.

The rural community had already been affected by drought when the devastating bushfires of 2019 saw many families lose their homes. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020, it brought with it disastrous consequences for those who had already suffered through tough times.

But you know what they say about when the going gets tough…

As schools all around the country closed, Bowraville Central School reached out to Variety NSW/ ACT and applied for Variety’s Tech4Schools grant.

We were thrilled to be able to support the school by supplying 129 laptops for their students from Kindergarten to Year 12 – many of whom had no access to technology at home.

The devices enabled students to stay connected to their teachers and their friends and to fully participate in remote learning lessons.

Bowraville Central School, Community Liaison Officer, Megan Cochrane, said the students and teachers were overwhelmed to receive support in such a time of need.

“We were all just so grateful – we couldn’t believe it! So I did some research regarding Variety and discovered the Variety Australia ‘Hair with Heart’ program. I thought it may be a good way for our students to ‘pay it forward’ after they had received such generosity themselves,” she said.