Fresh fruit fun

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 18-Sep-2015

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Children tuck into the free fruit. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN
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TWO months into the Fresh Fruit Friday initiative, thousands of local school children are continuing to enjoy the benefits, and the taste, of fresh fruit supplied by the program.

Set up by the Eaglehawk-based McKern Foundation, in partnership with JL King & Co., Porter Davis, Adroit, Bluescope Distribution, and more recently, the Bendigo Weekly, the initiative provides donated fruit to students at participating primary schools in and around the
Bendigo area.

The program relies not just on its sponsors, but on the generosity and goodwill of local parents and groups who volunteer their time to prepare the donated fruit prior to its
distribution to hordes of students each Friday.

The list of schools to enjoy Fresh Fruit Friday in the past two months continues to grow, and includes more than 6000 students at Camp Hill Primary School, Eaglehawk North PS, Eaglehawk PS, Epsom PS, Golden Square PS, Harcourt Valley PS, Huntly PS, Kalianna School, Kangaroo Flat PS, Kennington PS, Quarry Hill PS, Specimen Hill PS, Spring Gully PS, St Joseph’s PS, St Liborius PS, Violet Street PS and White Hills PS.

A whopping 400-plus kilograms of donated fruit is provided each week, thanks to the generosity and community minded attitude of participating sponsors.

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