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Townsville Bulletin - - FEATURE -

WITH a net­work of 30 Catholic schools through­out the Townsville Dio­cese, Townsville Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion works hard to sup­port each school com­mu­nity in en­sur­ing stu­dents are able to ac­cess and par­tic­i­pate in Mulkadee.

And 25 per cent of the stu­dents who have reg­is­tered to take part in Mulkadee come from ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties, with Townsville Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion co- or­di­nat­ing a bil­let­ing pro­gram to sup­port them.

“We are very grate­ful to the fam­i­lies in Townsville who open their homes for chil­dren from ru­ral and re­mote lo­ca­tions so that they can par­tic­i­pate in Mulkadee,’’ Townsville Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dr Cathy Day said.

“Our bil­let­ing fam­i­lies have added a rich di­men­sion to the Mulkadee ex­pe­ri­ence, with many of­fer­ing to take stu­dents year af­ter year, form­ing life­long friend­ships. With­out this sup­port, our schools and their fam­i­lies would find it dif­fi­cult to fi­nance the travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion.”

Lo­cal par­ent Jen­nifer Celotto, of Holy Spirit School, Cran­brook, said the bil­let­ing pro­gram for Mulkadee was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for her fam­ily.

“My daugh­ter has had the op­por­tu­nity to meet chil­dren from other schools and towns through par­tic­i­pat­ing in Mulk- adee,” she said. “We have bil­leted chil­dren from St Kieran’s Catholic Pri­mary School in Mount Isa and they have be­come good friends with our chil­dren. It has been a lovely ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Stu­dents are trav­el­ling from Mount Isa, Clon­curry, Win­ton, Hugh­en­den, Palm Is­land, Bowen, Collinsville, Proser­pine, Char­ters Tow­ers, Ing­ham and Aber­gowrie to par­tic­i­pate in Mulkadee.

Par­ents who are un­able to travel to Townsville to see the cul­mi­nat­ing con­cert can watch the daily YouTube clips through­out the week and will be pro­vided with a DVD of the fi­nal con­cert.

HAPPY DAYS: De­lighted Mulkadee host Court­ney Dibben and ( inset) kids en­joy­ing the event.

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

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