Kids’ sweet re­lief

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

A FRUIT­CAKE baked with love brought early Christ­mas cheer to Ban Ban Springs gra­zier and North Bur­nett coun­cil­lor John Bowen.

The fruit­cake, de­liv­ered by Baked Re­lief, came with a mes­sage from Ka­sius Goodall, a Year 2 stu­dent at Rye­ford State School in Clifton, about 45km from War­wick.

“My step­dad drives trucks all over Queens­land for the grain har­vest,” Ka­sius wrote.

“We have some cows and horses at our place and it is very dry here too so we have to try to buy feed for them.

“I hope you en­joy the fruit cake made for you.”

Cr Bowen said he would obey his wife’s in­struc­tion to open Ka­sius’s cake on Christ­mas Day.

“I’m all thrilled – and more thrilled that it’s a five-stu­dent school,” the gra­zier said.

“It must show how bad Ban Ban (Springs) must be for the step­fa­ther to nom­i­nate us.

“I do go to War­wick quite a bit, so when fruit sea­son comes on I’ll visit.”

Rye­ford School prin­ci­pal Brigitte Sher­a­ton said their five stu­dents made eight fruit­cakes for Baked Re­lief.

“We’ve re­ceived a cou­ple of beau­ti­ful cards from peo­ple in Pros­ton and Biggen­den,” she said.

“It’s been a real thrill – the first card we re­ceived, the peo­ple were so taken aback that they’d re­ceived this cake.

“The lady wrote back to say that it (the ac­com­pa­ny­ing card) will hang on their Christ­mas tree.”

The sec­ond card – with money – ar­rived last Thurs­day, she said.

“They had ter­ri­ble drought con­di­tions (but) be­cause they had jobs off the farm, they asked the stu­dent to use the money to give to some­one less for­tu­nate than them­selves.”

She said Clifton was a farm­ing com­mu­nity and the school sat “on the high­way with agri­cul­ture on all sides of it”.

“You send off th­ese things and you never ever know what hap­pens to them.

“Just know­ing you’ve touched the life of somebody is good.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BAKED RE­LIEF: From left, Ka­sius (Year 2), Mon­tana (Year 1) and Ri­ley (Year 2) mix fruit cakes ready for boil­ing. The Rye­ford State School stu­dents baked eight cakes for Baked Re­lief.

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