SUPPORT: Granite Belt Chaplaincy chairman Jeremy Greening encourages the community to dig deep to help fundraise the Granite Belt chappies.
SUPPORT: Granite Belt Chaplaincy chairman Jeremy Greening encourages the community to dig deep to help fundraise the Granite Belt chappies. Kim Micke

Chappies' plan need boosting

GRANITE Belt Chaplaincy services are seen by many members of the community as an important investment into the next generation and now chaplains need community support to keep funding the service which helps many students.

Granite Belt Chaplaincy chairman Jeremy Greening, pastor at Vineyard Christian Church, said this year the Granite Belt Chaplaincy service faced a bigger gap than in previous years, needing to raise more than $60,000.

He said the federally funded National School Chaplaincy Program paid the cost for 1-11/2days of a chappie's service at schools.

"If they're there longer than that time, that's the gap the committee needs to raise,” Pr Greening said.

"Our big schools are the high school - because there's so many kids there we do four days - and obviously the other big one is the state primary school, where we do three days.”

Pr Greening said fundraising had not decreased but costs had increased, leaving them with a wider gap to fill.

"We are just over half way and nearly at the end of the year,” he said.

"We had money in the bank so we're not going backwards and about to close - that money is carrying us but if we isolated this year, we're about just over half way in raising the gap.

"What we want to communicate is the opportunity for the community to see the service not just continue but to even expand,” he said.

"There is capacity to add days (for chaplains) if funding is available. Come and be part of supporting something that is really beneficial to our community.

"It's about strengthening our school communities and strengthening the resilience in our kids and giving them that avenue of communication.”

Any money raised will stay in our region and help chappies keep up the good work with local kids.

"The work chaplains do is so valued by the schools,” Pr Greening said.

"Anyone who has a chaplain values their service. They are that person you can trust and have a good conversation with.”

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