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April 2014 News

Strong support as Toowoomba backs chappies

  • Written by  SU QLD
The community showed strong support at last month’s Back our Chappies Tour breakfast Photo: SU QLD

More than 100 supporters, including Toowoomba Mayor, Paul Antonio, gathered together on Wednesday 12 March to show their support for schools chaplains ahead of a High Court challenge that threatens to cut off Federal Government funding.

Scripture Union Queensland has just completed a 6,000 km, 3 week-long tour throughout the state to gather more awareness and support for school chaplaincy ahead of a High Court hearing scheduled for May this year.

The Back Our Chappies Tour visited more than 25 Queensland communities to hold fundraising events for local chaplains, and to allow local residents the opportunity to add their name to the long list of Australian’s who support the role of school chaplains.

Toowoomba welcomed the tour with a BBQ breakfast in the park where supporters could chat to the 17 chaplains from the local area and guests signed statements of support as they enjoyed the morning at Laurel Bank Park.

More than 80,000 people have filled out Statements of Support ahead of the challenge to Government funding for school chaplains in Australia.

“The role of a Chaplain is to provide social, emotional and spiritual support to students, and our Chappies do that in more than 800 school communities in Queensland,” says SU QLD CEO, Peter James.

“Chaplains work in the area of prevention and promotion, helping students to overcome negative behavioural patterns and to practice positive social interaction with other students, their teachers and even at home,” Peter continues.

The issues most talked about between school students and their chaplains are peer relationships, family relationships and bullying and harassment. Topics such as grief and loss also rank highly.

SU QLD will head to the High Court from the 6th – 8th of May.

To add your support to the Back Our Chappies campaign, to find out if the bus is coming to your town, or to find out more about school chaplaincy, visit backourchappies.com.au.

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