Robb College students lend a hand in Project Week

Published 13 August 2009

robblendStudents at the University of New England’s Robb College will devote the funds they raise during the College’s annual Project Week, beginning on Monday 17 August, to the aid of a family whose three children have a rare degenerative disease.

The money will go to the Lend a Hand Foundation, a charity founded by Robb College alumni that has already raised almost $50,000 for Anna and Gareth Wilson – former students at Robb College – and their children. The three children have been diagnosed with a disease of the nervous system called Metachromatic Leukodystrophy that has no known cure.

During the week, Robb College students will be reaching out to the community for its support in fund-raising activities including the “Amazing Armidale Race” car rally, a trivia night with a medical theme, and a charity golf day.

“The week will be a lot of fun,” said Jackie Harbison, coordinator of Robb College Project week for the Lend a Hand Foundation.  “It’ll be hard to miss the Robb College crew next week, as everyone will be sporting blue medical scrubs while getting out and about to sell raffle tickets.” The students will be selling raffle tickets next week around Armidale and at Ag-Quip in Gunnedah.  Local businesses have generously donated all the prizes.

“The ‘Amazing Armidale Race’ car rally on Saturday 22 August will top off the week,” Jackie said. “Starting at Civic Park at 10 am, it will finish up at Robb College for a barbecue and presentation of prizes at midday.” The race involves a rally around Armidale in which teams of five have to collect and answer questions from designated checkpoints. Entry into the race will be $10 a head, or $35 for a team – with a $200 cash prize for the winning team. The organisers are urging everyone to enter this fun-filled event.

The trivia night will be at Tattersalls Hotel on Tuesday 18 August and the charity golf day at the Armidale Golf Club on Sunday 23 August.

Trent Pohlmann, Assistant Head of Robb College, said: “We are confident that the community will be generous in assisting the students’ efforts to help provide the Wilson family with a bit of extra help. The funds raised will make a significant difference to the family and their three children.”

With $50,000 already raised by Lend a Hand through the support of the community, Robb College is hoping to contribute to the remaining $20,000 needed to fund a hydrotherapy pool that would benefit the treatment of the children.

For more information, call Jackie Harbison on 0439 618 316 (e-mail, or the Robb College Office on (02) 6773 1700.

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here expands to show Robb College students preparing for Project Week. They are: Will Beak (centre), and (from left) Penny MacKenzie, Clare Pratt, Georgie Ross and Mitchell Trickey.