One adult visiting Airdale Primary School certainly “started the day” in the right way.
The crowd had thinned and the cameras had been stowed after a cheque hand-over ceremony when an eager student from Airdale Primary School kept me on track.
“Would you like some toast?” she asked while a group of children tidied the kitchen after the morning’s Breakfast Club.
I was doing the opposite of the dozen or so students who had enjoyed a meal to start the day – I had not eaten any breakfast at home so the invitation to dine on some jam-and-toast and a cup of hot chocolate was welcome.
My energy levels were soon up there with the students’ during the morning – and there is to be even greater emphasis on the Breakfast Clubs, thanks to the Rotary-Police Golf Day.
The event in September raised $3870 or $645 for each of the six schools in the program in Port Pirie. The clubs provide a morning meal to needy children.
The money was handed to Airdale principal Geoff Saunders by Rotary president Barry Mudge, watched by Acting Inspector Phil Kotaras and child well-being practitioner Theresa Todd, of the Education Department.
Acting Inspector Kotaras and Sergeant Tim Hanna were members of the golf day organising committee.
Acting Inspector Kotaras said the idea for the Breakfast Clubs to benefit from the fundraising had come from Ms Todd who suggested this to Sergeant Hanna.
He said the golf day was an example of police being involved with the community.
“It is good to break down some barriers … we are human,” he said.
And, being “human”, we all need to follow the students’ lead in having a good breakfast. Another slice of toast, please.
Photo: Back row, left, Acting Sergeant Dale Howe, left, Barry Mudge, Theresa Todd and principal Geoff Saunders, and, middle row, Timothy, Filip, Madalina and Cristina Cojocea, Shannon McGregor, Kamden Angel, and, front row, Jakiah Lambert, Kahlea Angel, Jesica Cojocea, Raine Dietman and Angel-Jayde Lambert.