Come from far and wide
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.