JUNE 25, 2021 | 9:00 A.M.
Convoy’s journey with the Conjola and surround’s community started in January 2020 through providing some much-needed supplies, logistics and listening to many inspiring stories of courage and determination. It has been an honour and a privilege for us at Convoy to assist in the recovery. The school children’s planting project has allowed us to stay connected and a part of the community as they start to rebuild.
“I know the community is very grateful for what you have done. People from not just this community but outside this community rallying behind you, now still 18 months on down the track, remembering that there’s still a lot of pain and a lot of recovering to be done. So on behalf of the community, thank you.” -Karen Lissa, Local Resident Volunteer
Convoy has many donors and volunteers to thank who were able to join us at our second round plant presentation, such as Commonwealth Bank, St Vincent de Paul Society, Groundswell Church, and the local community champions Karen Lissa and Frank Candelo, who, along with the staff and students of the schools listed below, made Regrow Response Conjola all possible. A special shout out and thanks to resident and gifted poet Stephen Chinnock who shared a beautiful poem for us to reflect on and enjoy.
Our next and final round of plants will go out to schools in the last weeks of July and be presented to the community of Conjola and it’s surrounds on Friday the 5th of November at 12 pm.
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DECEMBER 2, 2020 | 8:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Convoy of Hope completed the first Regrow Response Plant-Drop in partnership with eleven schools and five garden clubs located on the central coast.
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NOVEMBER 14, 2020 | 10:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Students delivered the first of the Regrow Response plants today to the residents of Lake Conjola and surrounds. The bushfire affected residents were invited to pick-up the plants that were grown specifically for them as well as attend a workshop on how to care for their natives.
OCTOBER 16, 2020 | 8:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — The Bega Valley Shire has joined the Regrow Response, and distribution began today. A total of 16 schools have come on board, and a total of 3500 tubestock will be delivered from 4 local nurseries supplying the stock. Some of the schools receiving plants have had many children directly impacted by the fires, and schools see taking part in this program as an effective way to empower children in this challenging season. We’re excited to watch these plants grow!
SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 | 10:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Sapphire Life Opportunities in Merimbula received the plants with smiles on their faces. Check out this conversation between Joel and Allison, one of the TAFE NSW students who grew and donated the natives.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 | 8:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Our team picked up the plants grown by TAFE NSW students and are on their way down to Merimbula with a few stops along the way.
In a continued effort to see Hope in Every Harvest, the team has delivered thousands of tube stock to schools along the south coast of NSW. Before replanting the natives in their backyards, the students will learn about, repot, and nurture the tubestock.
As the team arrived at the schools, they noticed that many of the school grounds themselves had been affected by the New Year’s Eve bushfires. At one school, 30 students had either lost their homes or been displaced due to infrastructure damage. These plants couldn’t have found better caretakers or better homes to thrive in. We can’t wait to watch these natives grow!
SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 | 11:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Convoy of Hope Australia is partnering with Sapphire Life Opportunities and Padstow TAFE NSW to transport 500 native pot plants to give away to bushfire affected residents in the Bega Valley Shire next weekend.
Students at Padstow TAFE NSW have grown 500 native plants for a class project and assessment over the past term. These plants are usually then sold to the public. However, when TAFE NSW heard about the Regrow Response to bushfire affected communities such as Conjola in Shoalhaven, they contacted Convoy of Hope to get involved and gift these natives specifically to bushfire affected residents.
AUGUST 20, 2020 | 1:00 P.M.
SYDNEY — Discussions have commenced with Municipalities to expand the Regrow response beyond Conjola.
JULY 23, 2020 | 11:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — The Australian team delivered 5,000 plants to schools across the state of New South Wales this week. The schools participating welcomed the sprouts with open arms, and the students were quite excited to meet their new class project. Those plants are in great hands!
We will continue to check in with the schools until they are ready to be transported to the Conjola area. The project will see a total of 15,000 tubestock cared for, nurtured and planted into pots and delivered to residents of Conjola and surrounds in November 2020, May 2021 and November 2021.
Schools that are currently participating:
-The King’s School
-Inaburra Christian School
-Nowra Anglican College
-Milton Public School
-Ulladulla Public School
-Ulladulla High School
-St Marys Catholic School
-Gymea North Public School
JUNE 25, 2020 | 8:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — 10 schools registered in the first of 3 stages of our regeneration disaster response (4 in Sydney and 6 in Bushfire affected NSW South Coast) that will see approximately 9000 plants provided to residents and community green spaces by December 2020.
The team has researched suitable native and exotic tube stock, and are sourcing Nursery’s both in Sydney and Bushfire affected South Coast to provide the volume and variety of tube stock.
Even after many months of delay and disruption due to COVID-19, Agriculture teachers are saying ‘fantastic news, let’s get started’ and ‘these selection of plants are great’. ‘Harvest seeds & Native Plants’ nursery in Terry Hills was so impressed with the initiative that they discounted the price on the purchase of 900 tube stock.
MARCH 24, 2020 | 10:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Convoy of Hope staff have recently been quarantined to their homes as a part of a nationwide “Stay At Home” measure in Australia.
Because of the rising needs associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, the ReGrow Conjola Project will be put on hold for at least the next month. The team will start back up operations once the global pandemic ends and they can once again focus their efforts on helping communities affected by the bush fires.
MARCH 23, 2020 | 2:00 P.M.
SYDNEY — The team established a working group that will direct and facilitate the Regrow Conjola project. Their goal is to bring more school, businesses, volunteer groups, local governments, and even national parks into the program, all while assisting local nurseries through the purchase of tube stock and gardening supplies.
Our team helped provide a full day of learning to eight groups of children (approximately 20 in each group) on bushfire disaster, evacuation, and recovery. These children will be a part of the Regrow Conjola program.
MARCH 6, 2020 | 10:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Convoy of Hope is continually working on the Conjola Project. The team has partnered with eight schools so far, and each have altered their curriculum for the remainder of the year to help with this project.
FEBRUARY 7, 2020 | 7:00 A.M.
SYDNEY — Convoy of Hope is continuing to respond to the 2019/20 Bushfire season. The team drove to Lake Conjola and attended a meeting regarding ongoing needs in the community. In this area, a partnership is being formed that allows school students in the Sydney area to grow plants all year long. These plants will then be gifted to fire-affected communities for residents’ gardens.
Thankfully, a lot of rain has fallen in many areas that have not received rain in a very long time. This has been a great help in the areas affected by fires and drought. Unfortunately, this has caused flooding in a few areas, so the team is also assessing how Convoy of Hope can serve these areas.