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