'Helping Hope Happen' in our schools

Published 6:00am 17 October 2022

'Helping Hope Happen' in our schools
Words by Nick Crockford

Pictured above: From left - Prue Aranovitch from Sparky Direct, Robyn Lachmund of Richardson&Wrench Caboolture, Ali Heeps of Richardson&Wrench Caboolture and Julie Hose SU Aus Caboolture Field Development Officer.

Caboolture will be turning the clock back next month to support one of our essential services – our school Chaplains.

Richardson&Wrench Caboolture in conjunction with Scripture Union Australia and Sparky Direct, will be once again hosting the annual School Chaplaincy Fundraising Dinner.

The ‘Helping Hope Happen’ Scripture Union Australia Chaplaincy Fundraiser, on Friday, November 4 at Caboolture State High School, will be shaking it up this year with a 1920’s theme!

More than $1 million has been raised since the annual event started two decades ago, with just four ‘Chappies’ working in some of our Caboolture and Morayfield based schools.

Life-saving work

Today there are 12 Chaplains and only two local public schools without a Chaplain.

Chaplains provide social, emotional and spiritual support for students and their families by offering a listening ear and caring presence within a school.

“Chaplains work within an environment where the child or youth feels safe, so they are more likely to open up,” said Robyn Lachmund, a founding director of Richardson&Wrench Caboolture and a supporter of the chaplaincy program since “day one”.

“I’ve seen at first hand a girl who came from a very troubled family.

“She would have taken her life had the chaplain not seen a change in her behaviour and gone to her and asked, do you want to talk to me?

'Helping Hope Happen' in our schools

“Without a doubt in my mind, I know that chaplain had a lot to do with saving that child."

A subsidy from government is received by schools annually to support having a Chaplain. However, the reality is this funding only covers a little over a day per week of their salary. 

In order to make a larger, long term impact, and to have the opportunity to support more students, Chaplains are needed in our schools more regularly.

Fundraising from businesses and the community is therefore crucial to provide greater support for students. This fundraiser is the perfect opportunity to support this cause all whilst connecting with local schools, businesses, community organisations and likeminded individuals.

Inspiring stories

The ‘Helping Hope Happen’ Scripture Union Australia Chaplaincy Fundraiser will include inspiring stories about the chaplaincy service, have entertainment, live music, the ever-popular auction and raffles.

Sponsors are also needed to help meet event costs.

The 2022 ‘Helping Hope Happen’ Scripture Union Australia Chaplaincy Fundraiser is on Friday November 4, 6pm arrival for 6.30pm start, at Caboolture State High School, 1/61 Lee St, Caboolture.

To find out more and to purchase tickets please visit the link below.

https://brushfire.com/sua/dinner/537151/details

Sponsors wanting more information can email [email protected] or phone 0409 602 534.

For other fundraiser inquiries please phone Julie Hose on 0437 917 206.

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