Riders blaze a trail for chaplaincy

Bronwyn Kirkegard

MARY VALLEY CHAPLAINCY COMMITTEE MEMBER

THE need for school chaplaincy has never been greater than now.

As a community we are aware of government funding cuts across the board. We believe that the small funding that chaplaincy receives will be reduced further.

Our community is not prepared to wait for this to happen.

We already know what a great job our chappies do and believe the consequences of this program ceasing will be very detrimental to our local schools and families.

There are currently two chaplains working in the Mary Valley, serving Kandanga, Amamoor and Jones Hill schools and Mary Valley College. They are very pro-active and do a great job of working with children to identify needs before they become a problem.

Our chaplains also work very hard to assist the parents and staff in our school communities and have become a valued part of all four schools.

One area where the chaplains meet a big need is the Breaky Clubs.

At Mary Valley College (Imbil) alone, with the assistance of local volunteers and funding from the local RSL, the Breaky Club feeds up to 40-50 children twice a week.

You can understand why we are so passionate about our chaplains and their work.

Consequently, we are fund raising through our inaugural Trailblazers Charity Ride.

This is a three-day horse ride leaving Imbil show grounds and riding west towards Borumba dam through forestry, cattle stations and open country. We will be camping out two nights.

Our vision is for this to become an annual charity ride to completely and independently fund MV chaplaincy. It is a big vision but one we are determined to achieve.

 

If you are unaware of who or what school chaplaincy is, a quick link to www.suqld.org.au will help.

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