Fac­ing fear for fundraiser

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RANIDAPHOBIA is the fear of frogs and one pri­mary school prin­ci­pal’s fear is com­mon knowl­edge through­out her tiny school.

Booyal Cen­tral State School prin­ci­pal Dawn Dolin­ski has a pho­bia and will use her fear as a way to raise funds for drought re­lief.

The brave school prin­ci­pal will con­front her fear head on by hold­ing a frog for five sec­onds.

“It makes me sick to my stom­ach at the thought of hold­ing a frog,” Mrs Dolin­ski said.

“My aim is to raise at least $10,000 dol­lars and all of it go­ing to char­ity.”

When asked is she’d need ther­apy af­ter­wards, the prin­ci­pal joked there was no point.

“I’m not sure I would ever get over it,” she laughed.

“This is all for drought re­lief and sup­port­ing Queens­land farm­ers, and I am look­ing for big spon­sors.”

Mrs Dolin­ski has a se­cret plan that was leaked to the me­dia by a re­li­able source.

Her plan is to kiss her knight in shin­ing ar­mour, Sir Richard Bran­son, ev­ery year on the same date for five years.

But Heather McMa­hon, a close friend of the vi­brant and com­mu­nity-minded prin­ci­pal, said she didn’t like Mrs Dolin­ski’s chances of kiss­ing her prince, see­ing as she lived all the way out in Booyal.

She added the odds could be higher if her friend lived in the United King­dom.

Laugh­ing, the duo agreed they would do any­thing to raise funds to sup­port Queens­land farm­ers and they hoped Sir Richard heard about the fundraiser.

“It would be great to get a kiss af­ter hold­ing a frog, in­stead of hav­ing to kiss a frog to get the prince,” Mrs Dolin­ski said.

“It would be great to get the mes­sage out.

“I think we need some help to get this idea off the ground and an or­gan­i­sa­tion to sup­port us.”

She is hop­ing to raise $10,000 from the frog fundraiser.

This will com­ple­ment the funds raised from the school stu­dents’ Kid­ding About for Drought DVD.

“We are get­ting great sup­port for the DVD the stu­dents pro­duced and the jokes are a huge hit,” Mrs Dolin­ski said.

“The stu­dents spent 12 months work­ing on the project and all money raised will go to sup­port­ing drought re­lief.”

Kid­ding About for Drought fea­tures all-ages fam­ily jokes told by celebri­ties and stu­dents.

For fur­ther de­tails and to sup­port a great cause, phone Booyal Cen­tral State School on 4126 0177.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

DROUGHT HELP: Heather McMa­hon, Ian Meech and Dawn Dolin­ski are en­cour­ag­ing lo­cals to sup­port drought re­lief.

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