Early Links Supporting Inclusion

Time to renovate the bus

Time to renovate the bus

By Gavin Rae

Marketing & Communication Manager


Our Big Yellow Bus appeal is now complete! Thank you to everyone who supported us throughout the appeal. I am delighted to share that with your help, we have raised over $15.5K to renovate the Big Yellow Bus (brought to you by Whitehaven Coal). We cannot wait to see the bus’s fresh new signage and repairs completed.

Our amazing sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors, Whitehaven Coal (Platinum), Hunter Legal and Conveyancing (Gold), Tsubaki (Gold), Hunter Homes (Silver) and Orica (Silver). Your generosity and community-mindedness will allow us to renovate the bus so that local children can continue to enjoy it for years to come. It was lovely for us to be able to welcome each of you as guests to our playgroup to see the bus for yourselves and meet some of the local families who will benefit from your sponsorship.

Maitland Pickers

We would also like to thank the Maitland Pickers, who invited us to their trial game against the Newcastle Knights at Maitland Sportsground in February this year. Thank you to the game day staff who went out of their way to make us feel welcome and help us raise funds.

Maitland Blacks

We were also delighted to attend the Maitland Blacks family fun day earlier this month. Thank you to our great friend Todd Sheldon, to everyone at Maitland Rugby Club for inviting us along and for all your help and support. As well as the generosity of members on the day, the club supported our appeal with generous donations. We appreciate all you have done.

Donation box hosts

Another source of donations to this appeal has been the local businesses who choose to support our community by hosting Early Links collection boxes and their customers who give so generously. Thank you to Sage Café (Maitland), The Whistler (Maitland), The Garden Cellars (Pokolbin) and Munchies Café (Muswellbrook).

Thank you to our team

Lastly, I would like to recognise the fantastic Early Links team who have gone above and beyond as always in supporting this appeal. Thank you for connecting us with partners and sponsors, for helping us to spread word of the appeal and for giving up time from your weekends to attend fundraising events. We could not have done any of this without you!

We look forward to sharing more news with you once the bus renovations are complete.

Update – We have another sponsor!

We’ve just heard that another sponsor has very generously agreed to come on board. Thank you to Your Discount Chemist for being a Gold Sponsor for our Big Yellow Bus Appeal. This takes the total raised to $18,317! What a great way to finish the appeal.

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