Chap­laincy din­ner a sweet treat

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A RUGBY league leg­end will de­scend on Lai­d­ley to help en­sure a vi­tal school ser­vice con­tin­ues.

For­mer State of Ori­gin and Aus­tralian rugby league player Petero Civon­iceva will be the key­note speaker at the school chap­laincy dessert and cof­fee fundraiser on Oc­to­ber 27.

The fundraiser will be held at the Lai­d­ley Cul­tural Cen­tre and will raise money for school chap­laincy in the Lai­d­ley clus­ter.

Lai­d­ley Dis­trict State School chap­lain Phil Bryce said the evening was im­por­tant to con­tinue school chap­laincy in the area.

“It is our ma­jor fundraiser for the year we put ev­ery­thing into the bas­ket for this event,” Mr Bryce said.

He said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment only par­tially funded the chap­laincy pro­gram with fundrais­ing needed.

“The Gov­ern­ment puts in a set amount, and that amount hasn’t changed since 2007,” he said.

“Other costs have in­creased but the fund­ing hasn’t in­creased over that time.

“We’ve got to make up the bal­ance from com­mu­nity sup­port and com­mu­nity aware­ness and fundrais­ing and that’s what this evening is all about.”

Mr Bryce said school chap­laincy played an im­por­tant role in the de­vel­op­ment of stu­dents.

“Chap­laincy has been here in our clus­ter for eight years with Fed­eral fund­ing but even be­fore that it was here and sup­ported by the lo­cal churches,” he said.

“It’s well re­spected, well re­ceived and it should be well sup­ported by our com­mu­nity be­cause it does work.

“If peo­ple look at the sta­tis­tics, it’s amaz­ing the dif­fer­ence chap­laincy can make.”

Mr Bryce said aside from one-on-one sup­port, he ran a num­ber of pro­grams in­clud­ing shed men, ra­di­ance girls, and break­fast club for the stu­dents’ ben­e­fit.

“You are asked to do so many dif­fer­ent things dur­ing any par­tic­u­lar school term,” he said.

While the school chap­laincy dessert and cof­fee fundraiser is free en­try, do­na­tions are en­cour­aged.

To book a ta­ble phone 5466 8222 or 0421 229 054.

PHOTO: TOM THREAD­ING­HAM

By TOM THREAD­ING­HAM SPE­CIAL CAUSE: Sandy Green and Lai­d­ley State School Chap­lain Phil Bryce are hop­ing the com­mu­nity will turn out in sup­port of the school chap­laincy dessert and cof­fee fundraiser.

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