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Tech boost for school gives kids online help

MEETING NEEDS: Donors (from left) Peter Price, Neil Harvey, Bob McNamara and Joe Richardson watch as Leichhardt State School students Zachary Brown, Aiden MacBeth and Angel-Lee Bate use their new computers.
MEETING NEEDS: Donors (from left) Peter Price, Neil Harvey, Bob McNamara and Joe Richardson watch as Leichhardt State School students Zachary Brown, Aiden MacBeth and Angel-Lee Bate use their new computers. Rob Williams

IPSWICH children with special needs now have access to some of the latest IT equipment, thanks to the local St Mary's Conference of St Vincent de Paul and the electrical industry.

The Special Education Unit at Leichhardt Primary School has been given three laptops and printers donated to the school through a joint effort by St Vincent's, Energex, superannuation administration provider IFAA (Independent Fund Administrators and Advisors), local electrical contractor JP Richardson Industries and the Electrical Trades Union-owned company NTN Services.

Former St Vincent de Paul president Bob McNamara said technology could sometimes be seen as a large expense for many families.

"But it's also so important for giving kids a strong start in life so they can make the most of their future," he said.

"I want to say thank you to the donors and I hope we see this scheme continue."

Leichhardt Primary School special education program manager Kelli Turnbull thanked the donors.

"On behalf of the school, the students and their families, I must let you know how much we appreciate the generosity of everyone involved," she said.

NTN director Dick Williams said the initiative had helped scores of local families since 2009.

"Over the past three years, we've been able to bring together a group of people that are prepared to work with Vinnie's to enable them to assist the people of Ipswich," he said.

"It's true that in the past we may not always have seen eye to eye as a group, especially on industrial matters, but to be able to put that aside and co-operate to achieve such a great outcome for kids who need to overcome significant challenges in life is fantastic."


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