Lawrence couple helps kids beat the heat
By ADRIAN MILLER
IT BEGAN with a simple question about the heat and has blossomed into a fundraising activity which has led to the Lawrence Community Pre-School receiving nearly $4000.
Lawrence resident Kevin Barrett was helping out at the local SES headquarters, as he has done for 50 years, when he wandered next door to the school to have a chat to pre-school director Mandy Northan. It was a particularly hot day, and Mr Barrett asked if the centre had air-conditioning.
When told it didn't, Mr Barrett, along with wife Dorothy, decided to do something about it.
What has followed in the 12 months since has been a sustained fundraising drive by the Barretts to have air-conditioning installed at the school.
Mr Barrett has recycled everything from cans to car batteries to raise money, while Mrs Barrett has made hundreds of jams and spreads to sell.
Mrs Barrett said they were only too happy to help.
"It's a great feeling to be able to help because there was nothing like this when my kids went to school," she said.
Mrs Northan said the couple's help had been invaluable.
"They have been really fantastic," she said.
"There was no other way to get things like that because we are poorly funded, so it was great to get that help."
Mr Barrett said although the air-conditioning had been installed, more money was needed to help pay it off. He said he and his wife were grateful to those who had helped them.
"I'd like to thank all those people that saved cans and the like so as to make what I was do- ing possible," he said.