Rotary, government team up to send Keira HS students to London

TEAM EFFORT: Deborah Petreski, Gareth Ward, Maria Micale, Rod Oxley, Jarrad Pritchard and Ryan Park at Keira High School. Picture: Adam McLean
TEAM EFFORT: Deborah Petreski, Gareth Ward, Maria Micale, Rod Oxley, Jarrad Pritchard and Ryan Park at Keira High School. Picture: Adam McLean

Sheer hard work and talent saw budding young Keira High School scientists Maria Micale and Jarrad Pritchard selected to attend the London International Youth Science Forum.

But the talented duo have needed a bit of help raising funds to ensure they get to spend two weeks at the forum with 500 other leading young scientists from around the world.

Fortunately they’ve had a lot of support from not only fellow students and Keira HS’ P&C, but also from the Rotary clubs of Wollongong and West Wollongong.

Both clubs raised $1000 each through various activities. Their combined $2000 was then matched dollar for dollar by the NSW Government.

Rotary Club of Wollongong youth director Deborah Petreski praised all parties for their fundraising role.

“It was daunting at first but everyone worked together to make it happen. Raising over $13,000 is no easy feat. It is a great result,” she said.

Mrs Petreski said Marie and Jarrad were both members of Keira High School’s Interact club.

“I believe that Interact club is the oldest in Australia and has been around for 60 years,” she said.

The London International Youth Science Forum runs July 25 to August 8.