There have been a record number of applications by Kangaroo Island students seeking grant assistance to pursue further education.
Each year, the Kangaroo Island Country Education Fund (KICEF) awards grants from $800 to $2000 to assist young people to pursue their education goals.
The grants can pay for tuition, accommodation, transport, books and other resources to assist students who will attend university, TAFE, private colleges or who have an apprenticeship.
Some universities match the grants given by KICEF, which can sometimes double the amount of assistance.
KICEF chairman Simon Windsor said there had been 30 applications for assistance this year and the fund would distribute at least $22,000 in its 12th year of operation.
The funds are raised from the generosity of sponsors and patrons of the fund, interest from a lump-sum investment and dinner events.
Simon said the annual fundraising dinner was back this year, after a couple of years' break.
"We'd like to encourage people on Kangaroo Island to support our dinner on November 29," he said.
"The students all report how invaluable this assistance is and we want to continue to support them, not just financially but also by showing them we care about their education and goals - it's a real confidence booster for them."
Former SANFL footballer Brian Cunningham will be guest speaker at the dinner.
Brian was not only a star for Port Adelaide Football Cub but also was Chief Executive of the club when it entered the AFL.
Since leaving the football world, Brian has developed a successful business in executive coaching, leadership training, corporate governance and consultancy.
As an accredited Roche Martin practitioner in emotional intelligence, he will share his insights about leadership.
Brian has held a surprisingly diverse range of board positions, from Potatoes SA and the International Koala Centre of Excellence, to the Premier's Science and Research Council, the SA Government Water Security Council and the Festival Centre Foundation!
The dinner is 6.30pm Friday, November 29 at the Aurora Ozone Hotel. Tickets are $90 and include food and wine.
There will be an auction and door prizes and you can hear from one of our successful grant recipients.