↘ In­vest­ing in chil­dren

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS OPINION -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to Pa­cific Par­adise State School par­ents, teach­ers, P&C com­mit­tee mem­bers and MP Fiona Simp­son for the suc­cess­ful $34,000 Gam­bling Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund grant for the re­de­vel­op­ment of their play­ground.

This gift will keep on giv­ing.

It is an as­tound­ing ef­fort by the whole com­mu­nity, as well as the gen­eros­ity of the state-wide gam­bling in­sti­tu­tions which made it all pos­si­ble.

Al­though gam­bling is a so­cially con­demned in­sti­tu­tion, it is good to hear that prof­its are ben­e­fit­ing the young mem­bers of our so­ci­ety.

Such in­vest­ment is crit­i­cal in an age where greed and dys­func­tion neg­a­tively im­pacts upon the early de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren, es­pe­cially in im­pov­er­ished so­ci­eties.

Chil­dren learn what they live.

Schools are a refuge and sup­port for youths, where their so­cial­i­sa­tion and en­cul­tur­al­i­sa­tion are en­hanced by a gen­er­ous and car­ing com­mu­nity of sig­nif­i­cant others.

When we in­vest in the lives of chil­dren, we are mak­ing a bet­ter Aus­tralia for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, ad in­fini­tum. Ev­ery child mat­ters. — E. Rowe Mar­coola

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