Cloe Davis and Boggabri Home and Community Care

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SpeakersDraper Mr Peter; D'Amore Ms Angela
BusinessPrivate Members Statements, PRIV

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Mr PETER DRAPER (Tamworth) [1.10 p.m.]: Cloe Davis from Boggabri has fitted a lot into her short life and is an inspiration to everybody who has met her. Cloe was born in 1996 and four years ago she moved with her family from Mudgee to Boggabri. She attended Boggabri Public School, becoming school captain in 2007, and now attends Gunnedah High School, having already joined the student council. Cloe has always been very community minded. During her time at Boggabri Public School she often spent her lunch hour helping to deliver Meals on Wheels. She still helps out at Boggabri Home and Community Care and is currently working on Boggabri Relay for Life.

Cloe has a busy sporting schedule. From the age of eight in 2004 she took part in the New South Wales Public Schools State Cross Country and has continued to do so. She has missed the event only once since 2004, in 2006 when she was sick. Cloe also competed in regional swimming in the period 2006 to 2008 and in her spare time she loves horseriding, being a member of the Boggabri Pony Club, representing the club at Blanch trophy days, and also getting involved in equine events through Gunnedah High School. At the age of 12 Cloe Davis is passionate about assisting the Boggabri seniors community. Having decided to organise a fundraiser for a special local project, Cloe googled various ideas for fundraisers before coming up with a unique concept. She sent out invitations to community members to attend a make-believe event: a river cruise in Boggabri on the Namoi River. I must advise members that at the time the river was dry. Cloe tells the story best herself in a letter that she sent to the Boggabri community:
      My name is Cloe Davis, I am 12 years old and I am a volunteer of Boggabri Home and Community Care. I have been a volunteer for nearly 2 years and I enjoy helping the elderly people.

      Recently Boggabri Home and Community Care opened an activities room, and they are in need of a few items to help make it comfortable and inviting for the clients who come to participate in the activities.

      I think its great they have somewhere to go and meet with other people and not just sit at home. Lots of people are very lonely and this is a good idea for them to socialise. I decided I would like to help them by trying to raise money to buy a recliner chair for those people who are unable to sit up for very long.

      After lots of thought I decided that a lot of people like my mum and dad have very busy lives, so my fundraiser would have to be a make believe event called the Namoi River Cruise.

      Your invitation—donation—entitles you to tickets on the cruise of a lifetime. You will be chauffeured by a stretch limousine to the iron bridge where you will board the paddle steamer Kamilaroi. Only this can be done in the make believe world. My friends and I have hand made all the invitations.

      Hopefully with your support and generosity we will be able to raise enough money to buy the recliner chair and wouldn't it be great if we could buy other things as well.

      I also hope that maybe I can inspire other young people to get involved in helping our community.

      If you feel you can help me with a donation all you need to do is fill out your RSVP and indicate your donation amount and return it C/- Boggabri HACC.

      Thankyou again.

      Yours sincerely,
      Cloe Davis

Continuing with the make-believe theme, the 190 invitations that Cloe and her friends sent out indicated that the event would take place on Saturday 32 October. The menu included Tasmanian smoked salmon, sliced chicken breasts with couscous salad, lobster salad, stuffed crispy pigs trotters, roast saddle of rabbit and scotch fillet, followed by dessert. To cap it off, the guest of honour was our famous Aussie-born Kylie Minogue, singing everybody's favourite songs. Guests were to be picked up by stretch limousine and taken to the iron bridge on the Namoi River where they would all jump onto the deck of the paddle steamer.

It is amazing what an active imagination can achieve. Cloe received a response from 70 per cent of the invitations that she sent out, the local newspaper ran the story, and donations were received even from people who were not initially invited. Cloe raised $4,585. She was able to purchase two recliner chairs for the seniors' activity room and there is enough money left to air-condition the room and to buy a whole range of other facilities that will help seniors in that community. Harvey Norman in Tamworth provided both chairs for Cloe at a very special rate. I sincerely congratulate Harvey Norman on its generous support. The two recliner chairs—I admit to having already tried them out—can only be described as fantastic.

On Saturday 15 November I was delighted to attend a thank-you barbecue lunch for people involved in the fundraising activities. It was a great honour to be able to take part in this special event and to help acknowledge Cloe's outstanding efforts. Cloe Davis is an inspiration and a great credit to her parents, Jason and Cathy, her sister, Sandi, and her brother, Shane. Cloe's involvement in the local community is an outstanding example for us to follow. At a time when we have an ageing volunteer base it is simply wonderful to find a young member of the community with such vision and drive who is willing to undertake such a worthwhile project. Cloe, on behalf of the Boggabri community and the Parliament of New South Wales, I would like to say: We are all very proud of you. Well done, and long may it continue.

Ms ANGELA D'AMORE (Drummoyne—Parliamentary Secretary) [1.15 p.m.]: I thank the member for Tamworth for highlighting Cloe Davis's good work in her community. I am sure that all members have individuals just like Cloe in their respective communities. It is fantastic to see a young woman contributing to her community by actively participating in sport and by initiating fundraising initiatives for people in home and community care. We thank her for her imagination, which I assure her put a smile on the face of every member in this Chamber today.

Mr Peter Draper: And Hansard.

Ms ANGELA D' AMORE: That is right; it even put a smile on the faces of the Hansard staff. It is fantastic that Cloe was able to raise $4,500, as identified by the member for Tamworth. It is great to see a young woman utilising her skills to assist seniors in our community. What a fantastic example of our young people doing great things in our local community! I congratulate Cloe's family on her upbringing. She has made us all proud. It is fantastic that the member for Tamworth was able today to highlight her skills and initiatives in this rural community. I thank the member for Tamworth for giving us all the pleasure of listening to Cloe's story today.