They’re a group of special people dedicated to providing ongoing support for students and next month, a breakfast event will showcase exactly what school chaplains and Red Frogs Australia Chaplaincy Network offer.
The 2019 Mayoral School Chaplaincy Support Breakfast will be hosted by Mayor Jack Dempsey with special guest, founder and CEO of Red Frogs, Andrew Gourley.
Mayor Dempsey said Mr Andrew Gourley started the Red Frog program in 1997 and had been instrumental in providing support for teenagers throughout Australia.
“Andrew started his organisation after seeing the need for a chaplaincy service to safeguard teenagers and young adults,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“His organisation is now the largest support network in Australia for schoolies, festivals and university students.”
Mayor Dempsey said the Chaplaincy Breakfast, on Tuesday 21 May at the Bundaberg Multiplex, would be a fantastic opportunity for students and parents alike to learn more about how Red Frogs and local school chaplains could help.
“Our school chaplains help to bring hope to our young generation through their one on one services,” he said.
“Through positive and supportive relationships they help our young people with everyday life matters, as well as the more critical issues like substance abuse, relationship issues, family breakdown, depression and low self-esteem.”
Andrew's international vision
Currently, the Red Frog Chaplaincy program for schoolies is located in 17 different locations around Australia and coordinates over 4000 volunteers to run these programs.
Andrew has developed the Red Frog program internationally to other countries such as Canada, UK, South Africa, New Zealand, and Poland.
The Red Frog Chaplaincy Network also includes programs that support festivals, sports and skateboarding events.
Andrew has been a pastor at Citipointe Church Brisbane since 1989, and is presently the Chaplain for the Queensland Reds Rugby Union and National Basketball League team the Brisbane Bullets.
Chaplaincy breakfast details
Tickets to the Chaplaincy Breakfast start at $30 and must be purchased by Monday, 13 May.
Phone 4130 4100 or call in at Moncrieff Entertainment Centre for more information.
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