The community is invited to support local school chaplains and the important work that they do within the Bundaberg Regional at the upcoming Mayoral Chaplaincy Breakfast.
The event provides an opportunity to highlight school chaplains and the role they play in the overall wellbeing of the region’s young people, their families and staff at local schools.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said he encouraged the community to attend the upcoming breakfast in support of Scripture Union Queensland.
“School chaplains support young people,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“They provide a safe and positive influence for students, parents and teachers, so I encourage the community to come and support the wonderful work they do.”
Organising the event Lisa Hardie said the breakfast would have guest speaker former Australian Olympic Swimmer Dan Smith share his story with guests.
“Dan is very supportive of the school chaplaincy program and the vital care it offers today's young people,” she said.
“Being someone who has certainly had his fair share of life challenges and knows the value of having caring adults and mentors in life.”
Lisa said the Mayoral School Chaplaincy Breakfast would support the 26 chaplains who worked across 46 school, as well as CQ University and most recently at Impact Community Services in the Bundaberg Region.
“SU Australia School Chaplains provide on the ground pastoral care and practical support to their whole school communities including school staff, children, young people and their families facing various life challenges such as family breakdown, serious health issues, death of a loved one, anxiety/depression, homelessness, financial hardship, bullying and friendship issues,” she said.
“They are a safe space students can access to talk about their problems and work through solutions.
“Along with offering pastoral care Chappies also offer in class support, structured lunchtime programs, craft and games, breakfast clubs, homework clubs, camp opportunities and connections to other out of school support options.
Tickets for the event must be pre-purchased here by Tuesday 8 August.