TAS has a proud history of Rifle Shooting; indeed in the very first competition against fellow GPS schools in 1904, it came second to Newington College. Since that time TAS has had great success in the GPS competition, most recently in 2012 as joint premiers and in 2011, being GPS Champions, winning all three competition shields. Proudly supported by the Old Boys Union, it is the sport with which TAS has had most success at GPS level – but we now need to seek your help to ensure this rich heritage can continue.
However, it has become apparent that the program needs a significant financial investment of around $40,000 to upgrade rifles, facilities and training opportunities. To this end, the OBU has launched the Old Boys Shooting Appeal to raise the necessary funds – initially, to purchase new small bore (.22) calibre rifles suitable for competition and a SCATT aim-tracking system. The OBU has committed $10,000 from investment funds, while the P&F Association has pledged $5,000 and the Rugby Supporters Group, $2,500. In addition, more than $1,500 has been promised from Old Boys before the appeal has officially been launched. This wonderful support from a cross-section of the school community reflects the passion for shooting at TAS and the opportunity it gives our students, and we are hoping you will also pitch in your support.
To ensure donations are tax deductible, the appeal is being managed through the TAS Foundation.
It is preferred that donations are made online by clicking through to the special donation page, where payment can be processed through the secure Try Booking site.
Alternatively, you can call TAS Reception on (02) 6776 5800 to make a payment by credit card, or send a cheque to TAS Old Boys Shooting Appeal, C/ Locked Bag 3003, Armidale NSW 2350. Please make cheques to TAS Foundation Building Trust and mark on the back of the cheque ‘Old Boys Shooting Appeal’.
I thank you for joining me to make a real difference to our shooting program.