Four Gippsland wineries join forces to support Gippsland Grammar

Oct 20, 2020 | Community News

In a year when we are all expanding our horizons and embracing new traditions, Gippsland Grammar is pleased to announce Gippsland Grammar Foundation’s new fundraising initiative: Grammar’s ‘Gippsland Dozen’.

This innovative fundraiser sees four Gippsland wineries with links to our School come together in every box of ‘Gippsland Dozen’ (or half-dozen), which is also the first time customers have been able to buy a carefully curated selection of premium Gippsland wines in a single transaction. This fundraiser also gives the School Community the opportunity to support these four Gippsland wineries which have faced their own challenges over the past 12 months due firstly to the drought, then the bushfires and now the devastating global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gippsland Grammar Foundation is the fundraising arm of Gippsland Grammar and Foundation President Mr Chris Beckman said the Foundation will play a crucial part in fundraising for the School’s new Visual Art & Technology Centre. You can read more about this exciting new development here: https://news.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/community-news/gippsland-grammar-announces-new-multi-million-dollar-visual-arts-technology-centre/

“I am so excited about this fundraiser as this is a way for our Community to both contribute to improving our School facilities, while at the same time supporting local business,” Mr Beckman said. “We will be offering the wine in six options in either white, red or mixed half dozen or dozen option, and each represents great value for money with each box priced at less than the recommended retail price. So not only is this fundraiser a great way to stock your own cellar while supporting our School, it’s also a brilliant Christmas gift option for those friends and family you may not be able to celebrate with in person this year.”

Rob and Tom Lightfoot of Lightfoot and Sons are Gippsland Grammar Old Scholars.

To make Grammar’s ‘Gippsland Dozen’ even easier to gift to family and friends, a Christmas gift card option can be inserted in any boxes that can then be delivered, making a ‘Gippsland Dozen’ a unique COVID-safe gift option this Christmas.

Gippsland Grammar is so grateful to the wineries who have generously supported this fundraiser, which include:

Lightfoot and Sons: The Lightfoot family has been a long-time supporter of Gippsland Grammar with father Brian serving on the Gippsland Grammar Board and sons Tom, Rob and Nick attending the School the 1990s. These days, Rob and Tom manage the vineyard and winery with Rob the General Manager of the business and Tom the Viticulturalist and Winemaker.

Tambo Wine: Tambo Wine’s vines were planted and are now tended by Bill Williams, with wife Pam Williams taking care of the winery’s cellar door. Pam is a former, much-loved teacher at Gippsland Grammar’s Bairnsdale Campus and Pam and Bill’s daughter Arabella is an Old Scholar (Class of 2011).

Blue Gables: Blue Gables is a boutique vineyard owned and established by Catherine and Alistair Hicks whose three children, Lachlan, Ashton and Indiana are current students at Gippsland Grammar’s Garnsey campus.  It is very much a family run business with all the family actively involved in the work that goes into making Blue Gables wines, and the operation of the Cellar door on weekends.

Glenmaggie Wines: Glenmaggie Wines is owned by the Dawkins family, which has a long association with Gippsland Grammar, going back to the 1970s and ‘80s when winery owner Tony Dawkins and his brothers were students. This association strengthened more recently as Tony and wife Fleur’s son Jack is also an Old Scholar (Class of 2016). Tony’s late mother Ailsa was a member of the JJAGAN group, which has been an active fundraiser for Gippsland Grammar and his father Ray famously coached the School’s under 18’s football team to consecutive premierships in 1970/71.

Tony Dawkins with pinot grapes at Glenmaggie Wines. Tom is a Gippsland Grammar Old Scholar and the Dawkins family has a lonstanding association with the School.

Orders can be placed until Monday November 23 and wine can be either picked up from our Garnsey Campus, delivered to select locations or via Australia Post in early December.

View the wines available in each box and to order via this link: https://www.gippslandgrammar.vic.edu.au/grammars-gippsland-dozen 

For further information, please contact Gippsland Grammar Development Co-ordinator Sarah Guinness at sarah.guinness@gippslandgs.vic.edu.au

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