Bina Day began in 1978 at the Ballarat Grammar Junior School when the school sponsored their first Little White House resident at the Raphael Ryder-Cheshire International Centre in Dehra Dun, Northern India. Her name is Bina and she went on to study nursing. Raphael has been operating for 59 years.
The Assistant Principal, Julian Hopkins said, ‘We now sponsor six children and one adult with disabilities at Raphael.’
‘The school was buzzing with all the students’ excitement for their 2017 Bina Day. They organized the stalls and activities to raise the funds. They set up cake stalls, environment stands, busking and lots of fun games.’ From Ballarat Courier 3rd May 2017
Brigadier Arun Bhatnagar, CEO Raphael, sent through a message of encouragement to the students. ‘Last year, I and my wife had the pleasure of meeting some students from Ballarat Grammar School, while we were in Ballarat attending the Ryder-Cheshire Biennial Conference. We were moved to see the commitment of the students for reaching out to support our residents at Raphael. This in itself speaks volumes of the ethos of your school and the values you are cultivating in the GenNext. Hats off, indeed! ‘
‘The magical day is a ‘kids’ zone’ where adults are politely asked to stay away. We generally regard Bina Day as the most exciting and wonderful day of the year, largely because it is the students who make it all happen – with a little assistance from their families and teachers. ‘Bina Day– by children- for children.’ From Ballarat Grammar Junior School Newsletter 31st March 2017
Mark Warwick, Head of the Ballarat Grammar Junior School reported, ‘Bina Day once again surpassed all our expectations in terms of young children taking responsibility for their actions, working hard for the benefit of others less fortunate and developing their entrepreneurial skills…Bina Day is truly an amazing and wonderful day. We were very very impressed with the work of the Year Six Committees who undertook to ensure this day was a success. We had some former members of the staff attend the opening which helped incorporate some of the history and values around the meaning of Bina Day.’ From Ballarat Grammar Junior School Newsletter 28th April 2017
Members of Ballarat Ryder-Cheshire assisted with the opening of the day. A special Bina Day anthem was sung. The new teachers to the school were inducted with a Bina Day First Aid kit consisting of an L-plate, two Panadols and Ferrero Rocher chocolates to assist them survive the day!
Dawn Manning, Ballarat Ryder-Cheshire School Liaison Person, commented that, ‘The energy level of the children for helping others in the cause for the relief of suffering was so special. Their compassion for world wide and local humanitarian causes is just outstanding and so well received.’
Dawn attended the School Assembly after Bina Day to thank the school for their work and long time dedication and also to present Ryder-Cheshire badges to the students who undertook the research into the history of Bina Day.
Bina Day raised $6800. These funds are used to support their seven Raphael residents and also to give to other worthy humanitarian causes.