THE Bass Coast Community Foundation is thrilled to introduce the Joan Eltringham Memorial Fund to the community.
This fund, which launched last week, is accepting public donations to improve well-being, inclusiveness and literacy for disadvantaged and vulnerable children attending Bass Coast College.
Set up through the generosity of Joan’s late brother John Eltringham, this fund will go on supporting children for generations to come.
Joan was a passionate and highly respected teacher at Wonthaggi Secondary College for 29 years, from 1979 to 2008. Joan worked mainly with children to improve literacy and inclusiveness.
“She provided amazing intervention support, positively influencing the outcomes for many students over her very successful career,” said Darren Parker, principal of Bass Coast College.
“We are very proud to benefit from the Joan Eltringham Memorial Fund and this very special and ongoing relationship will assist in literacy support programs for students for years to come.”
In launching this fund, the treasurer of the Bass Coast Community Foundation, John Walsh, was thrilled to announce the initial donation from the fund was $7000.
With support from the benefactor’s niece, Lisa Farrugia (nee Eltringham), who travelled all the way from Mount Macedon to present the cheque, the foundation will donate funds each year to Bass Coast College specifically for disadvantaged children.
“This is a wonderful legacy for both my auntie Joan and uncle John,” said Lisa.
“The bigger the fund, the more will be donated each year, so I hope the Bass Coast giving community will get behind this fund and continue to build it through donations.
“Lots of little donations do add up!”
The Bass Coast Community Foundation is a local charity, independent of religious or political persuasion.
It was established in 2002 in response to a growing need for a sustainable source of funds for community projects.
It works in partnership with donors, local organisations and the community to strengthen the shire and increase opportunities for its residents.
Learn more about the Joan Eltringham Memorial Fund at