19 June, 2024

Chappy dinner raises $10k

About 60 people descended at the Mount Mee Public Hall on June 8 for the chaplaincy fundraising dinner.

Chappy dinner raises $10k - feature photo

Sponsorship and proceeds of the night enabled more than $10,000 to be raised in aid of chaplaincy at Mount Mee State School.

School staff and parents, church volunteers, and other community members attended, while other attendees included local school chaplain Peter Robertson (aka ‘Chappy Pete’), State Member for Glass House Andrew Powell, and City of Moreton Bay councillor Tony Latter.

“It was an enjoyable night gathering together as a community to support young people in our community,” Mr Robertson said.

Mr Robertson said Cr Latter was an amazing guest speaker after the original guest speaker, Jordan Meads, was a late withdrawal.

A former school chaplain himself, Cr Latter discussed the vital role of chaplaincy and the profound impact that having someone who “doesn’t give up on them” has in a young person’s life.

“It was an honour to emphasise how chaplaincy provides the necessary support and unwavering encouragement that can significantly shape a young person’s future,” he said.

Cr Latter said chaplaincy in schools played a vital role in supporting the holistic well-being of students.

“By being accessible and approachable, chaplains offer a safe space for students to express their concerns, receive support, and find comfort during difficult times.”

Mr Powell said a highlight was hearing from Mr Robertson and Mount Mee State School principal Pam Carlile, who spoke about the benefits of chaplaincy at the school.

“Having a Chappy that has the love and confidence of the kids, and the school staff alike, is priceless.”

Mr Powell said school chaplaincy programs provided important opportunities for personal growth, spiritual support, guidance and a safe space for students to express themselves.

“They form an integral part of a well-rounded educational experience, and I am pleased to support school chappies,” he said.


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