Thousands of dollars raised for school with eight students
THE community dipped into their hearts and pockets at the Historic Leyburn Sprints, raising $6500 for Karara State School.
The staggering amount came as a surprise for the school principal Katrina Fletcher who only expected to receive a fraction of that amount.
The small rural school and its total of eight pupils sold $2000 worth of raffle tickets.
On Saturday evening the Leyburn Sprints committee hosted an auction, announcing the proceeds would go to Karara State school.
Items up for auction included a dinner with Australian rugby league legend Shane Webcke, handmade wooden furniture and a weekend away package.
The school will have a meeting to discuss how to spend the money.
So far, ideas of a shared excursion for schools in the area and upgrading the tennis court are the frontrunners.
"This donation will provide opportunities for the children they otherwise wouldn't have access to,” Mrs Fletcher said.
Continuing the generosity, an anonymous sponsor stepped forward to the Leyburn Sprints committee and offered to donate 35,000 litres of water to the families of the school's students and staff.
"It's very humbling to think people in the community and beyond have opened their hearts and pockets to support our school,” teacher Lyle Batterham said.