Stu­dents take part in One Mil­lion Stars project

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MUNDUBBERA State School stu­dents have been busy weav­ing stars for an in­ter­na­tional anti-vi­o­lence project, with the help of staff, pa­tients and com­mu­nity sup­port­ers.

Mundubbera State School prin­ci­pal Peter Townsend said the idea came from the Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and that it was a good ini­tia­tive to get in­volved in.

“The staff and some stu­dents in our Year 7 class made the stars. For us the com­mu­nity ser­vice com­po­nent and train­ing our brains to do a new task was a great mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor,” Mr Townsend said.

“Also know­ing that it is part of a big­ger project to raise aware­ness for end­ing vi­o­lence.”

Along with Mundubbera State School, other schools in the re­gion took part and helped make the en­tire project a suc­cess.

Wide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice sent off just over 11,300 stars to be in­cluded in the One Mil­lion Stars Against Vi­o­lence project, which will be­come a huge pub­lic art in­stal­la­tion by artist Maryann Talia Pau at next year’s Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.

WBHHS chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Adrian Pen­ning­ton said the One Mil­lion Stars goal had been a pas­sion project for a num­ber of staff and sup­port­ers.

“Late last year WBHHS de­cided to take on the chal­lenge of con­tribut­ing 10,000 stars as a demon­stra­tion of our op­po­si­tion to vi­o­lence in all its forms,” Mr Pen­ning­ton said.

“As health pro­fes­sion­als, our staff know only too well the im­pact of vi­o­lence on our com­mu­nity, so it was wonderful to see them get in­volved with this project and draw sup­port from that same com­mu­nity.”

The driv­ing forces be­hind the One Mil­lion Stars ef­fort were project man­age­ment team mem­bers Norma Frost and Chris Ilett, who said they had been over­whelmed by the sup­port they had re­ceived from staff and the com­mu­nity alike.

“A re­mark­able 5000 stars were wo­ven by the Bund­aberg Hos­pi­tal Med­i­cal Imag­ing team – all in their own time – plus an­other 1500 from stu­dents tak­ing part in North Bund­aberg State High School’s anti-bul­ly­ing pro­gram,” Mrs Frost said.

“This project has been a very hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It has brought us into con­tact with many peo­ple who have had their own lives im­pacted by vi­o­lence and it was a priv­i­lege to spend time with them.”

The One Mil­lion Stars will be fea­tured at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GET­TING CRAFTY: Mundubbera State School Stu­dents with their stars they made.

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