Page 3284 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Mr Barr: As usual.
MRS DUNNE: It is very unusual that we do not—to win the quiz night. But we were probably only nine or 10 of 400 people who turned up to the Southern Cross Club on that night to support the Aid for Jade campaign. In addition to that, the event was mainly sponsored by the Royals rugby club who, on the previous Saturday, had an Aid for Jade home match where everyone wore yellow socks. All the players wore yellow socks in support of the program.
I need to pay tribute to the wide number of donors who donated so generously to this campaign. There was a very successful silent auction and live auction. The prizes for the winners of the competitions throughout the night were very generous indeed and they were all supplied by ACT businessmen and operators of businesses and other sporting clubs across the town.
I need to pay tribute to the organising committee, which was headed by our own Jeremy White, who used to work for me, and to the master of ceremonies, Ross Solly. It was a spectacularly successful night. I received an email from Jeremy yesterday afternoon which said that so far they had raised $35,000 from a quiz night, which I think is a testament to the community spirit of the people of the ACT. It is a fantastic result for the organisers. I congratulate them most heartily.
Redline racing team
MS BURCH (Brindabella) (6.12): I want to highlight the wonderful electorate of Brindabella, where I live, and to draw the Assembly’s attention to a team at Trinity Christian School—the Redline racing team.
The Redline racing team is a dedicated team of five year 10 students from Trinity Christian School in Wanniassa. They won the ACT state and the Australian national finals of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge in 2008. They are currently preparing to represent Australia in the international F1 in Schools Technology Challenge to be held in London in September of this year.
For those of you who are wondering what an F1 in schools formula is, it is a technology challenge aimed to excite and challenge high school-aged students about the possibilities of careers in engineering, science, marketing and project management. The international competition requires teams of three to six students to conceive, design, manufacture, race and market a miniature formula 1-style model racing car that is propelled down a 20-metre track powered by a jet from a compressed CO2 canister. They travel at an average speed of around 80 kilometres per hour and they are indeed a very smart, snazzy little machine. A machine has been built and developed from go to whoa by a team of year 10 students from Trinity school.
This is the second season that the school has been racing and the Redline racing team is determined this year to bring home gold. They came second in the international competition last year, but this year they are committed to bring home first place. They have already progressed through the state and national finals and have emerged champions once again. They have won this opportunity to represent Australia and