Ethan Hanigan and Sharni Baker from Warwick Central SS arrive at Maccas for their rock star lunch.
Ethan Hanigan and Sharni Baker from Warwick Central SS arrive at Maccas for their rock star lunch.

Soldiers say thanks

A GROUP of lucky Warwick school students were treated like rock stars yesterday with a chauffer-driven limousine drive, a free lunch and gifts.

Nine students from Glennie Heights and Central were rewarded for their efforts in creating gifts for the Australian soldiers serving at various locations overseas.

Their creations will be included in care packages with food and personal donations from the local community.

Among the touching pieces were Christmas cards, poems and letters for the defence force personnel and even the bomb detection dogs were not forgotten, with a letter from Glennie Heights student Sean Vines.

Prep student Mackenzie Churchward was the youngest student to secure a seat in the limo, but instead opted to travel to McDonald’s with her mum before presenting Sergeant Neal with the Christmas card she had handwritten herself.

Kirsty Taylor, from Glennie Heights, included several small items in her touching letter, including an eraser to rub out all of the bad memories and a seashell to remind the soldiers of the beach.

Sgt Neal said that he had been “blown away” by the support of local people and businesses who donated money and items for the cause.

“The community has really gotten behind the cause,” Sgt Neal said.

“This year it was a last minute decision and we want to do it again next year with more organisation.”

The Westpac Bank is accepting cash donations and grocery and personal items until the close of business today and Miss Ryan said there had been a lot of local support.

“It's going good, we’ve got a lot of people donating all the time,” Miss Ryan said.

Sgt Neal said the final fundraising activity for the care packages will be sausage sizzles at IGA and Bunnings tomorrow between 10am and 2pm.

“We will have chicken burgers, sausages and soft drinks and all of the money goes towards purchasing the items for the packages,” Sgt Neal said.


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