Chap­lain in­spires kids

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

CREATIVE think­ing has been this North Bur­nett woman’s way to em­brace and in­spire a com­mu­nity.

Biggen­den’s Moira Thomp­son, a na­tional fi­nal­ist in the Queens­land Ru­ral Re­gional Re­mote Net­work awards, re­fused to be lim­ited by her role.

“From the role of school chap­lain, I’ve built re­la­tion­ships with kids, par­ents and the school,” Ms Thomp­son said.

“I only work two-anda-half days a week, but I’m a bit creative.”

That cre­ativ­ity in­cluded ini­ti­at­ing Thank a Farmer Day and re-es­tab­lish­ing the PCYC Emer­gency Ser­vices cadets in Biggen­den.

Thank a Farmer Day has grown from the school stu­dents writ­ing a thank you let­ter to all the farm­ers to this year’s day of cel­e­bra­tion at the school, Ms Thomp­son said.

“This year, I’ve writ­ten to (Se­na­tor) Barn­aby Joyce to rec­om­mend a na­tional Thank a Farmer Day, and he’s sug­gested we use Land­care Week.”

Ms Thomp­son said she was very proud to be one of 12 na­tional fi­nal­ists.

“I’m more than happy with that. Every­one is else is part of that too, par­tic­u­larly the kids.”

The win­ners will be an­nounced in Septem­ber dur­ing the QRRRWN con­fer­ence at Char­ters Tow­ers.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MOIRA THOMP­SON: The school chap­lain ini­ti­ated Thank a Farmer Day in Biggen­den, and re-es­tab­lished the PCYC Emer­gency Ser­vices Cadets.

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