Torrens Valley Community Centre Oppe Shoppe blazes a fundraising trail in support of local fire victims

The Torrens Valley Community Oppe Shoppe is a thriving hub of busy volunteers from Gumeracha and beyond, from mid Murray, and Springton to the Barossa. There is a place for everyoneís skills, with the Oppe Shoppe having hard working volunteers from 16 to 82 years of age. Raising funds from the donation of unwanted household goods, the Oppe Shoppe team supports local community development programs and other worthy causes, with a focus on families, youth and children.

After the Sampson Flat bushfires in January, the volunteers wanted to be able to pitch in and help. Karen Walsh of the Torrens Valley Community Centre said, ìThe bushfires affected a lot of families in our area ñ we just wanted to be able to do something.î Through the sale of recycled household goods via the Oppe Shoppe, the volunteers were very happy to be able to give a donation to Vibe Bushfire Fundraising Appeal, in support of families affected by the devastating fires. This donation of $2500 has been well received and is being allocated to local families affected, administered by the Sampson Flat Bushfire Appeal. Continue reading

Woodside Country Women’s Association Donates to Local Community Projects

Woodside CWA does it again!

A recent donation of $2000 is helping five local groups with items for their ongoing projects.

Lobethal Lutheran School, Onkaparinga Swimming Club, Woodside Primary School, Oakbank Area School and the Mount Torrens Scout Group were all recipients of funds to purchase specific items such as Massport stopwatches, manure for the school garden, an ipad for making movies, a Breville ice-cream maker and cooking stoves and fuel bottles.

The President, Mo Johnson congratulated the recipients for their successful application for funding, and, at the same time, spoke highly of the local communityís generosity in supporting the Woodside CWA by purchasing items from the op-shop which was open on market days. Continue reading

Government Funded Kindy a Possibility for Birdwood in 2016

Birdwood residents are hoping that kindy might finally be available in the town in 2016. Open Arms Community Child Care Centre have applied to become a Universal Access Preschool within their long day care setting. If successful, this means families will be able to access a ìkindyî program within the child care centre in Birdwood.

The centre has applied for this program in response to the large number of families who have expressed disappointment that while Birdwood has a primary school and high school located in the town, families have to travel to access a kindy program.
Open Arms at Birdwood hopes to run both half day and full day sessions, providing an alternative for those children who may not be initially ready for the full day sessions that many of the other local kindergartens provide. Continue reading