Kids’ sweet relief
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.”
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.