Mixing up some relief
Gayndah Freemasons donate to high school tuck shop
IN PREVIOUS years, an average day for Sylvia Young involved lugging her MixMaster onto her mobility scooter and making her way up to Burnett State College to bake treats for the school’s tuck shop.
When Gayndah Freemasons heard of the huge effort she was going to, they worried Ms Young’s well-being and felt obliged to give her a helping hand.
With money they raised through battery recycling the Freemasons donated a new Sunbeam MixMaster.
“To us it was about lessening the burden on Sylvia,” Gayndah Freemason Master Bill Turner said.
“She’s a long time volunteer around Gayndah and she cares about the children, she deserves to have the equipment she needs.”
The tuck shop is the primary fundraiser for the high school’s P&C.
Any profits made support the school’s sporting teams, leadership programs and debate excursions.
“If we make the goods in-house we have more funds to give back to the student’s activities, and we know what’s in them,” P&C president Amy Ezzy said.
And Ms Young doesn’t mind the work, especially with her new equipment.
“It’s beautiful, much bigger than mine, and it has lots of power to mix big batches,” she said.
“The students seem to love the cookies and cakes i make, some of them don’t get that at home.”
Last year the tuck shop struggled to operate two days per week but next term the ladies have enough help to open for four days.
“The tuck shop needs volunteers – there wouldn’t be one without them,’ Ms Young said.
BAKING BOOST: Amy Ezzy, Gerry Trusz, Sylvia Young, of Burnett State College, received a Sunbeam Mixmaster from Bill Turner and Bill Mellor, of Gayndah Freemasons.