DOING IT FOR THE KIDS
A DEDICATED band of women work together each year to provide the catering for the annual Chappy Camp.
This camp is held the first week of the Easter school holidays at the Biggenden State School complex.
Biggenden State School Chaplaincy Committee president Mark Ruge said the camp was in its 20th year.
“Originally it was a weekend camp for Biggenden Gospel Chapel Sunday School kids held at Woowoonga Hall,” he said. “It’s bloomed from there.” Eight years ago Scripture Union took on this fun week of activities for the younger generation.
Providing the food for the camp for morning tea and lunch are the women from the Gospel Chapel, along with helpers.
Ruth Clifford described herself as only a ring-in, having only been here eight years, but to the other women she is the boss.
“I couldn’t do this without them,” she said.
While husband Keith is one of the leaders, Madge Poole said the kids were the main attraction.
“That’s why we’re all here,” she said.
“The Christianity input does have an impact on the children.
“With behavioural problems it helps them to think about the consequences.”
For Annette Ortlipp, it was an opportunity to try out some new recipes for morning teas.
“This year I made some savoury recipes to get away from the sweet food,” she said.
Suzie Mace has been a ‘chappy kid’ and now comes along to give a hand.
“I like helping out and enjoy the company,” she said.
Norma Swain has seen the children grow up during her time in the canteen over the past 20 years.
“It is good for the children to learn about the Lord,” she said.
“Another plus is it is great fellowship for the women.”
Biggenden State School chaplain Moira Thompson said the ladies were legends.
“A holiday school program is essential for the community,” she said.
DEDICATED TEAM: Madge Poole, Ruth Clifford, Norma Swain, Annette Ortlipp and Suzie Mace look after the catering for Chappy Camp.