Plenty of support served up for school chaplains

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School chaplain Lynne Coyne with one of the Kepnock students that attended the Mayoral School Chaplaincy Breakfast
School chaplain Lynne Coyne with one of the Kepnock students that attended the Mayoral School Chaplaincy Breakfast

Almost 400 people packed the Multiplex this morning for the Mayoral School Chaplaincy Support Breakfast.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was rewarding to see so many residents come together in support of Scripture Union Queensland.

“Our school chappies provide an important service to the region’s students, parents and teachers,” Mayor Dempsey said.

Mayor Jack Dempsey with the lucky winner of the Bundaberg Queensland Maroons jersey
Mayor Jack Dempsey with the lucky winner of the Bundaberg Queensland Maroons jersey

“Whether it’s a helping hand or a friendly face the school chaplains provide support throughout the year so it’s wonderful that we can come together for this special occasion to return the favour.”

To add to the fundraising opportunities for the morning Mayor Jack Dempsey auctioned a special Queensland Maroons jersey with Bundaberg emblazoned across the back, donated by Auswide Bank.

Scripture Union Queensland Field Development Manager Lisa Hardie said the organisation was encouraged by the terrific turnout at today’s breakfast.

“We have an amazing Bundaberg Region community and we are super blessed to get the support that we do get,” Ms Hardie said.

“Our chaplains do such vital work in the schools.

“Our schools love our chappies, they really value the services and for those who have school chaplains they often say I don’t know how we ever did it without them.”

Ms Hardie said the breakfast was Scripture Union’s biggest annual fundraiser.

School chaplain says it's a “privilege” to work with region's students

Lynne Coyne, school chaplain at both Kalkie and Kepnock state schools, said chappies ran programs to help students develop emotional and social skills.

“We really want the children to feel heard, we want them to know that they have someone that they can come to,” Ms Coyne said.

“Helping them through difficult times, it really is an honour and a privilege.”

She thanked the Council and community members who attended the breakfast.

“It means so much to us just to be able to come together as a community and celebrate our supporters.

“We believe in these students too and want to invest in them.

“It’s just such an honour to be able to be on the frontline for that.”

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