Judy Schimke and Belinda Fairweather enjoy breakfast together.
Judy Schimke and Belinda Fairweather enjoy breakfast together.

Breakfast salutes school chaplains

THEY are the classroom cheerleaders, the school supporters and the playground protectors, these tireless workers are Warwick's very own squad of school chaplains.

Yesterday local movers and shakers gathered in celebration of all the hard work these quiet achievers had put into the local community as part of Chappy Week.

The annual event is run by SU QLD to raise awareness of school chaplains.

In just its second year the event had nearly doubled in size.

"The growth in the numbers shows how much support there is behind Warwick chappies," SU district co-ordinator Yasmin Hadfield said.

Organiser Warwick State High School chaplain Marie Brennan was pleased with the turn-out.

"I wanted to pull members from the school, church and the wider community together to build a base of support for the chaplains and network together at the same time," she said.

Ms Brennan says she hopes that in a few years time the breakfast will replicate the size of Mayoral Prayer Breakfast in Toowoomba.

"I don't want to bite off more than I can chew, but one day," she laughed.

Proceeds from this second annual breakfast, which was held at the Coffee Club Warwick, went toward local chaplaincy programs.

These include uniform purchases, Brekky club, Shine and other programs aimed at risk school children and those who just need a little support.

CELEBRATING TOGETHER: Chaplains Daniel Ratcliffe and Marie Brennan, Coffee Club owner Lyndal Cook, SU district co-ordinator Yasmin Hadfield and chaplain Jason Skinner.
CELEBRATING TOGETHER: Chaplains Daniel Ratcliffe and Marie Brennan, Coffee Club owner Lyndal Cook, SU district co-ordinator Yasmin Hadfield and chaplain Jason Skinner.


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