Red Frogs visit Moss­man

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MOSS­MAN State High School year 12 stu­dents are to re­ceive a spe­cial visit from Red Frogs Aus­tralia Chap­laincy Net­work founder Andy Gour­ley who aims to pre­pare the young­sters for schoolies week.

Red Frogs is an in­ter­na­tion­al­lyrecog­nised Schoolies and Univer­sity net­work that be­gan its op­er­a­tions in 1997.

The Red Frogs team pro­vide sup­port at 15 schoolies lo­ca­tions around Aus­tralia where they of­fer a range of ser­vices to school leavers.

Mr Gour­ley said the team are try­ing to reach as many schools as pos­si­ble be­fore the schoolie cel­e­bra­tions be­gin.

‘‘We are vis­it­ing 220 high schools in Queens­land over five weeks,’’ he said.

‘‘We will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and tips on how to not get evicted from your ac­com­mo­da­tion, how to not turn your par­ents into grand­par­ents and gen­eral safety in­for­ma­tion.

‘‘We want to make sure that all the kids look af­ter each other dur­ing the schoolies cel­e­bra­tions, stay with your mates and don’t walk home alone.

‘‘It is a real hon­our to be able to help look af­ter our fu­ture lead­ers, I guess in a way we are safe guard­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers.

‘‘We aim to cre­ate aware­ness of what to ex­pect and knowl­edge of how to look af­ter them­selves and oth­ers and let them know what ser­vices are avail­able to them.

‘‘H2O have been re­ally proac­tive in get­ting Red Frogs up to the re­gion to visit the school, they have been great in help­ing to or­gan­ise it.’’

The team hand out seven tonnes of Al­lens Red Frogs dur­ing the event, as well as as­sist­ing school­leavers by walk­ing them home, cook­ing pan­cakes, clean­ing their rooms, and – most im­por­tantly – of­fer­ing emo­tional sup­port through what can of­ten be a chal­leng­ing week.

Lee- Emma Smith from H20 Ware­house met Mr Gour­ley ear­lier this year.

‘‘Ear­lier this year we at­tended a con­fer­ence where Andy Gour­ley from Red Frogs was the keynote speaker, he ad­dressed the is­sues that our younger gen­er­a­tion are fac­ing in to­day’s so­ci­ety es­pe­cially around schoolies,’’ she said.

‘‘I was so in­spired by Andy and H2O Ware­house be­ing a fam­ily owned and op­er­ated busi­ness I thought this would be the per­fect way to give back to the com­mu­nity and help safe­guard our fu­ture lead­ers.

‘‘It’s so easy to sup­port Red Frogs as their vi­sion is so in­spir­ing, H2O Ware­house will con­tinue to work with Red Frogs to help younger peo­ple make pos­i­tive choices in life.’’

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