Former Olympian Duncan Armstrong was the special guest speaker to a packed room for the Chaplaincy Fundraiser Dinner.
Former Olympian Duncan Armstrong was the special guest speaker to a packed room for the Chaplaincy Fundraiser Dinner.

Fundraiser delivers tidy sum for chaplaincy support

AT A time when support is needed more than ever in the community, it was fitting that 100 people turned out to support the annual Chaplaincy Fundraising Dinner.

Thanks to the swell of support, more than $8600 was raised from the evening.

“These valuable funds go straight towards the funding gap that our local Granite Belt Chaplaincy committee must raise each year to keep the services running,” Pastor Jeremy Greening said.

“The government funding only goes so far and a gap of approximately $60,000 must be raised each year and the annual dinner goes a long way towards supporting the local chaplaincy service.”

Former Olympian Duncan Armstrong was a guest speaker at the event, where he spoke on the importance of retaining chaplaincy services.

“Our chaplains wear many hats, working closely with students but also reporting to staff, principals, P & C committees, parents, carers, SUQLD, child safety departments, police, mental health specialists, various community groups, churches, our local chaplaincy committee and the list goes on,” Ps Greening said.

“Times are tough but it’s a good thing they built our chaplains so they are made of the tough stuff and our chaplains need our support now more than ever.”

Ps Greening thanked Granite Belt Brewery for hosting the evening.

Just shy of 40 local businesses also supported the event through donations.

“The fabulous result could not be achieved without the vital support of our local community. “It will certainly be back bigger and better in 2020,” Ps Greening said.

Businesses and individuals who supported the event include:

Granite Belt Brewery, Vineyard Christian Church, Anne Lindsay – Guest Auctioneer, Kent Saddlery, Wilshire & Co (CRT), Foxy’s Bakery, Pink Poppies, Domino’s Pizza, Anna’s Restaurant, Goldstone Jewellers, McDonalds Stanthorpe, A Better Way To Print, Stanthorpe Newsagency, Pure Inca, Repco Stanthorpe, Rumbalara Wines, Hot Copper, Maddie’s Gift Gallery, Gleeson’s Mercery, Ballandean Estate Wines, Lifestyle Footwear, Country Lane, Kominos Wines, John Dee Warwick, Pricebusters Stanthorpe, Jim Wilkinson, Granite Belt Cleaning & Hospitality Supplies, Robert Channon Wines, Masquerade Hair Studio, Gracious Giving, Pyramids Road Wines, Jan Mau, Symphony Hill Wines, Val Voss and Jan Lee, Stanthorpe Furniture, Tobin Wines, The Reject Shop Stanthorpe, Bungawarra Wines and

Stanthorpe Jewellers.

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