EARLY childhood services are set to be transformed, following the staging of the upcoming Orange Daybreak Rotary charity ball.
The fourth annual black tie ball will be held on Saturday, May 30, at Orange Ex-Services Club in support of the Orange and District Early Education Program (ODEEP).
After donating over $17,000 to ODEEP last year, the ball’s major sponsor will again be the AMP Foundation and Central West Financial Solutions, who are offering to match 50 per cent of money raised from the event up to $10,000.
ODEEP program coordinator Robyn Brice said this generous support would allow the organisation to employ a special needs teacher to work with children up to six years of age who have a disability or developmental delay, their families and education services to provide assistance strategies for learning programs.
Further, Mrs Brice said the ODEEP services extended to supporting a child’s transition from day care to school, which will be a major boost to the Orange community.
“We’ll be able to give all children the same opportunities in education. We’ll help them help themselves,” Mrs Brice said.
Mrs Brice said ODEEP research showed the transition to school worked best when it was well planned and supported during the year before school.
“The family is then comfortable knowing their child’s needs can be addressed; the child is familiar with the school ... and the teachers have been assisted with understanding the child’s strengths and needs and what works for them to learn,” she said.
Orange Daybreak past president Peter Roan and AMP representatives from Central West Financial Solutions said the ball was a great chance to support the community-based organisation.
“It gives us great pleasure to give something back to such a worthy cause in the community where we live and work,” financial planner Ben Adams said.
As part of the entertainment, ball attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of luxury items and dance the night away to tunes provided by cover band Jellybean Jam.
Tickets for the ball are now available at Orange Ex-Services Club.