Fun walk for our chaplains

GRAB your granny and get your walking shoes on because a fun walk is being held to raise money for Chaplaincy in the region.

Run by the Gympie Baptist Church Garden and Social Club the Sponsored Seniors' Fun Walk will help fund Gympie's eight school chaplains.

Fun walk spokesperson Audrey Donaldson encouraged all seniors to get sponsorship and take a walk around the Lake Alford duck ponds anytime from 9am to midday on August 14.

“I hope carers and families get involved too, to raise money or walk with the sponsored seniors,” she said.

For those who don't have a senior to walk during the event, two costumed grannies will be for hire.

Mrs Donaldson said the Cooloola Christian College school band would perform during the walk; there will also be bonsai demonstrations and a doctor and nurse on hand.

At the end of the walk participants will be given a certificate of appreciation and there will be some thank you plants available from the garden club but numbers are limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis.

On the day there will be a stall collecting sponsorship funds and afterwards participants can have a sausage sizzle or cuppa at the duck ponds.

Mrs Donaldson encouraged people in wheel chairs to take part.

She said some of the school chaplains the walk would help were also members of the Baptist Church.

“I think chaplaincy is important. A lot of children have problems and don't feel they have anyone to talk to, or they are embarrassed. The chaplains are very much involved, working and listening to the children,” she said.

“It's a very worthy cause. They do a lot of hard work; it's not just a nine to five job.”

Sponsorship forms are available from the Gympie Library and Mary Street tourist information booth.

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