A CHARITY inspired by the memory of a boy missing for 46 years has organised a $2000 donation of books to make sure other children can realise their dreams.
The Terry Floyd Foundation and Dymocks Children Charities teamed up to share the books with Bendigo-based Mobile Area Resources Centre Van.
The van travels to nine small schools across the region that lack the resources other education groups take for granted.
MARC teacher Sue Gentry said the donation was an "amazing" act of generosity she had not experienced in her six years in the role.
"It means I can spend more of the MARC budget on other things that these schools might need," she said.
Mrs Genty said all children at the schools the van services now know the Terry Floyd Foundation's story, and contributed to wider fundraising efforts.
The education foundation is named after Terry Floyd, a 12 year old boy who went missing in 1975.
A coroner ruled in 2001 that Terry was probably murdered but no body has been found and no-one has been charged in relation to his disappearance.
This week marks 46 years since the boy was last seen alive.
Daryl Floyd said his brother Terry's life was cut short before he could realise his dreams.
"So if we can allow other kids to live out theirs, then that's what we're all about," he said.
"It's quite rewarding to know we can assist in such a way."
Daryl has been leading volunteer efforts to dig out a mine shaft that Terry's body may have been hidden in 1975.
Miners have dug down deep enough to find evidence of clothing that may have belonged to Terry.
COIVID-19 restrictions have slowed the project in recent years.
The group also suspects it needs expert help to shore up the mine before they dig deeper.
"It's becoming a little bit dangerous to continue at the depth that we are at so we need to size things up and talk to the right people to get this all sorted," Daryl said.
"As we remove all the rubble we are creating more of an open cavity and we just have to be careful because it's an old historical area."
To learn more about the Terry Floyd Foundation or make a donation visit terryfloydfoundation.org.au
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