DO­ING IT FOR THE KIDS

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

DED­I­CATED TEAM: Madge Poole, Ruth Clif­ford, Norma Swain, An­nette Ortlipp and Suzie Mace look af­ter the cater­ing for Chappy Camp.

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