General Grant Individual Testimonials

Erica

In June, I set off on one of the most amazing adventures I could ever dream of…and so begins Erica’s story. As an isolated small town girl from west of Longreach I’d never thought I would be travelling across the world to attend summer schools at two of the most prestigious universities in the world. Oxbridge Academic Programs are run out of the USA and have created 8 programs world-wide, two of which I was able to attend. In June/July, I headed off for a month long summer school at The University of St Andrews, in Scotland, where I studied in the areas of Genetics and British History. After coming home for 3 weeks, I was then whisked off back to the UK to spend a week at Oxford University in England. There I majored in Maths and Nature where we looked at topics from the mathematics of optics to the mathematics of mapping Malaria. At the age of 16, I could never have dreamed I would be sitting half way across the world at places I have only dreamed I could visit. I’d love to say a huge THANK YOU to the Connellan Airways Trust who were amazing and supplied me a grant of $2,000 to go towards airfares. The Oxbridge Academic Programs were an experience of a life time and one I thought a country girl from Australia could never achieve, but happily I was proven wrong. Growing up in isolation sometimes means we miss out but I believe strongly in reaching for the stars and not letting that stop me. I’ve travelled across the world and experienced some great things. In conclusion, my idol Walt Disney sums it up fairly well: “If you can dream it, you can do it!” 

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George

George writes, “I attended the Shipboard Stockperson Training Course, held in Fremantle from 19-22 April 2016 at the Tradewinds Hotel, with the generous assistance of the Connellan Airways Trust.  The course is part of a certification program for people responsible for the care of livestock exported by sea. This certification allows the attendee to travel on board with the livestock as they are exported from Australia to another country. It covered all aspects of shipboard care and management of livestock with an emphasis on cattle and sheep. It was a very busy four days with theory sessions in the class room combined with practical sessions at export facilities on animal handling, restraint and treatment. At every stage of the preparation of livestock, their loading and the sea voyage, animal welfare is at the forefront. Also worth noting is the exposure to the on board management of the livestock that we received, such as administering medications, antibiotics and identifying potential outbreaks of disease. We were trained in performing autopsies on livestock and shown what to identify to confirm cause of death. There were 22 participants, ranging from trainee vets, Government employees and stock persons, like myself. I sincerely thank the Connellan Airways Trust for their assistance with flights and accommodation, which enabled me to attend this very interesting and valuable course.”

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Susan

Susan’s very different but similarly important story begins thus; “I would like to thank the Connellan Airways Trust for supporting me with funds to present at the International Conference for the Gifted and Talented. Living in rural Australia can be isolating, but having an academically gifted student as well, can isolate you even more.  During the 7 years of educating my son via distance education I always isolated myself as nobody wants to hear about the problems associated with having a smart child.  By presenting at the conference in Brisbane in March 2015 allowed me the platform, with people who understand, to finally tell my story about how we managed the issues associated with providing a quality education in a geographically isolated environment for an academically bright student.  I also feel that by presenting my story I may have drawn attention to the difficulties in obtaining resources and support for these children and their parents in rural and remote locations. Most importantly for me, attending the conference and listening to the other speakers, confirmed to me that all the decisions I made for our son were the right ones and the most beneficial for his education. I will try my hardest in the future to support and promote this trust in the wider community. Thank you again for your generosity in assisting my attendance.”

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