The StormCo crew was back in Cobar this week to present their school holiday Kids Club activities.
It’s the 17th year in a row the team from the Avondale School in Sydney have been visiting Cobar.
StormCo’s Mel Lemke said their community partnership with Cobar has been well supported and significantly funded by the NAB Community Partnerships program.
“Each year around 25 students from our school give up a week of their holidays to come to Cobar to serve others (StormCo stands for ‘Service To Other Really Matters, Community of friends’).
“They pay $175 for the privilege and this money helps us to be able to run a free Kids’ Club for the community and to help fund the trip,” Mr Lemke explained.
“For the last several years we have included in our team 10-12 local Cobar youth.
“We bring out a shirt for them and they join us for the week in everything our team does.”
The local Cobar team is sourced through Cobar Youth & Fitness Centre manager Narelle Kriz and the local churches, and this year numbered 25
On Saturday the crew were down town cleaning windscreens on cars parked in the main street, meeting people, and handing out flyers for their free Kids’ Club.
They were also “clowning around”.
In the afternoon they paid a visit to the Lilliane Brady Village to chat to the aged care residents.
“It’s an annual visit we all look forward to,” Mr Lemke said.
On Saturday night the StormCo group hung out with the locals at a movie night at the Youthie and on Sunday morning they visited the local churches.
Then they helped out volunteering to do some gardening, housework and visiting some of Cobar’s senior residents.
StormCo have also been entertaining a group of Cobar’s youth this week with their Kids’ Club activities.
This afternoon they will host a community ‘pancake feed’ and also a State of Origin Bash, both of which will be held at the Youthie.