Cap­i­tal bound

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MONTO store has come to the aid of stu­dents who were af­fected by flood ear­lier this year.

St Therese’s Catholic School is the ben­e­fi­ciary of a do­na­tion of $500 from the town’s IGA su­per­mar­ket.

The school’s Year 7 stu­dents are fly­ing to Can­berra in Oc­to­ber but the im­pact of flood­ing threat­ened to de­prive some stu­dents of the op­por­tu­nity to go to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

IGA man­ager Peter Gib­ney re­sponded to an ap­proach from the board of St Therese’s Catholic Pri­mary School.

“There is a Com­mu­nity Chest Fund which is funded by a per­cent­age of sales from the shop. The fund is to be used for lo­cal non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and hadn’t been ac­cessed for some time, so when the school ap­proached us it seemed like a good idea,” Mr Gib­ney said.

“The ap­peal of this dona- tion was there has been a lot flood re­lief but the knock on ef­fect from the floods would have been th­ese stu­dents miss­ing out on a trip to Can­berra.”

Deputy prin­ci­pal Kath­leen Watt was grate­ful for the sup­port.

“It is tremen­dous to get lo­cal busi­ness sup­port for our stu­dents to go on this trip to Can­berra,” Mrs Watt said.

The school has nine year seven stu­dents and they will be spend­ing one week in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

READYTOGO: St Therese's deputy prin­ci­pal Kath­leen Watt (back) ac­cepts a cheque from Monto IGA man­ager Peter Gib­ney to fund the school's year seven trip to Can­berra, with (clock­wise from left) Bryce Bald­win, Nicholas Fe­lesina, Lani Pickering, and Jas­mine Popp.

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