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Bella Ainsworth is a passionate community champion and one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Lift Off Education Scholarship program in 2014.


A Shepparton local, Bella’s enthusiasm, talent and support of community projects has seen her become a much loved and cherished local advocate.


With Bella’s diagnosis of a rare form of cancer in 2023, just weeks after the birth of her son Saf, friend Fiona Smolenaars approached Bella with an idea; to gift a scholarship in Bella’s name to a young person in Shepparton who needs support to go on and achieve their further education aspirations.


Bella’s response, “why the hell not!”


The Bella Ainsworth Perpetual Lift Off Scholarship is seeking community donations to raise $100,000 to ensure this gift to the community in Bella’s name is available to a Goulburn Valley student every year - forever more.


Greater Shepparton Foundation and Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project are proud to partner on this initiative.

Bella is pictured above with her husband Mitch and son Saf.

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