Shepparton Asia-Pacific Committee visited Orrvale Primary School yesterday to donate new badminton equipment and an IXL mathematics program for the school’s computers.
SAPC advisor Patrick Lay said the visit would be the first of many to local schools as the non-profit organisation aimed to give back to the community.
‘‘Our mission is to bridge the east to the west through economy, education and culture,’’ Mr Lay said.
The organisation has developed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese specialty food retailer Winha International Group to directly source fruit from Shepparton farmers, a business model the committee hopes to encourage.
‘‘It’s not just economics though with the aim of the group to raise cultural understanding of Asian nations like China, and also provide educational opportunities for local people,’’ Mr Lay said.
‘‘We chose to provide badminton equipment because it is a very popular sport in Asia.’’
Mr Lay said the donated equipment and software licence was valued at more than $3000 and the funds were provided by Winha International Group.
‘‘We hope to provide a strategic opportunity to strengthen our regional partnership with international trade and investment partners,’’ he said.
SAPC is planning to host a workshop for local businesses and farmers on how to negotiate with businesses in Asia.