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Breakfast to raise money for school chaplains

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Bargara State School Chaplain Marisa Heidke

The community is encouraged to support the region’s school chaplains and the important work they do at an upcoming breakfast.

The event, which will be held on Thursday 11 August from 6.30 am at the Bundaberg Multiplex, features former Brisbane Bronco’s player Darius Boyd as the guest speaker.

Darius understands the struggles of mental health, having faced many challenges in his own life. He now hopes to use his experiences to help others.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said he encouraged as many people as possible to attend the upcoming breakfast in support of Scripture Union Queensland.

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

“Whether it’s a helping hand or a friendly face the school chaplains provide support throughout the year, so I encourage anyone who can to attend the breakfast and support the wonderful work they do.”

Tickets for the event must be pre-purchased by Tuesday 2 August form the website here.

Local chaplain encourages community support

Local Bargara State School Chaplain Marisa Heidke said the breakfast was a fantastic way for the community to gain further understanding of the role chaplains played in local schools.

“A school chaplain provides social, emotional and spiritual support for students and the school including parents and teachers for the wellbeing of the school,” Marisa said.

“It is important that we have community support behind us as chaplain as well as engagement from the community to further understand what a school chaplain does.”

Marisa said chaplains played many roles within the school community, which is something people may not realise.

“A lot of people see a chaplain, or think, that maybe a chaplain is only spiritual support, but it is a lot more than that to the school community and to the wellbeing of the community.”

“A chaplain wears many hats within the school, so wherever there is a need.

“For example with everything from in class support right through to getting involved with school activities including sports days and swimming carnival and we run activities like breakfast club.”

You can find out more about the SU Queensland Chaplains here.

Event details:
What: 2022 Mayoral School Chaplaincy Support Breakfast
When: Thursday 11 August
Time: 6.30 am
Where: Bundaberg Multiplex
Tickets: From $30 p.p. Must pre-purchase by Tuesday 2 August 2022

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