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Each year the TAS Foundation asks its community to help build the capital reserves that are our source for scholarships and bursaries, and provide for the maintenance and development of our historic buildings.

The gifts we receive in response to our Annual Giving appeal provide TAS with a vital source of funding.

This year we will concentrate on establishing means-tested drought relief bursaries for those families who are most in need from the effects of the worst drought in the state in more than a decade.

In addition to these new bursaries, please also consider our Building Trust, the Indigenous Student Support Fund (ISSF), the Scholarship Fund and the Jim Graham Scholarship. All of these initiatives are tax-deductible gifts worthy of your consideration this year.

Remember, your generosity changes lives.

Please join me in making a gift this year to the TAS Foundation. Together we can make a very real difference.

With thanks,
Simon Paul
President | TAS Foundation

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This year, we are particularly mindful of the impact the current seasonal conditions are having on those living in regional Australia and the New England and North West areas in particular.

We would like to raise funds for short-term bursaries that can assist those who need financial assistance for their sons’ education so they can continue at the school.

Any funds donated for Drought Relief Bursaries will be distributed to those families who meet the means-tested criteria.

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The TAS campus is the envy of many other schools, but maintaining it, of course, comes at a cost. Our goal over the next few years is to introduce a series of energy efficiencies that will significantly lessen our environmental footprint and lower our costs.

Your donation to this fund will help us achieve all this and will enable us to provide the facilities a school like this needs to provide a healthy, sustainable and responsible environment for our boarding and day students.

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Means-tested financial assistance is given to more than 70 families through the Scholarship Fund. Gifts to this fund provide an education for life to boys who would otherwise be unable to come to TAS. Our desire to help boys from rural and regional areas have access to education at an independent school like TAS makes this fund crucial to our success.

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The ISSF is the brainchild of several passionate TAS Old Boys who donated the seed capital to establish this fund, which assists our indigenous students with specific co-curricular ambitions. It is a fund that enables all students access to the breadth of opportunities this school offers that usually come at an additional cost above fees. Application for assistance from the ISSF is made by families and assessed by an independent panel to ensure it meets with the objectives of the fund.

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This appeal for funds for a scholarship in Jim Graham’s name continues this year. Jim’s passion for the humanities, drama and music in his 43 years at TAS has left a legacy we are still reminded of to this day. This scholarship in perpetuity is for a boy with interests and strengths in these areas and who has the enthusiasm to contribute to school life just as Jim did over so many years.

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This is the third year TAS has participated in the GPS Head of the River and it requires total commitment over many months from the team of boys and staff for it to happen.

However there are some things that can’t be achieved with just grit, perseverance and a commitment to a cause greater than one’s self. We are now in real need of two important pieces of infrastructure to ensure the program can continue in a meaningful way:  another second hand racing boat, and a modified trailer to carry the fleet to and from regattas.

The total cost for these minor upgrades is $5,000 and while any donation to rowing cannot be tax deductible, the impact it would have on the program would be profound.

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