Burdekin Shire Council provided sponsorship totalling $30,000 to the Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy this week to support school chaplaincy programs in local schools for 2016.
School Chaplains work with students, families and staff in the school community to discuss social, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual concerns.
Burdekin Mayor Bill Lowis said hundreds of local students received assistance each year through the Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy and Council wanted to recognise the integral role Chaplains play in meeting the needs of Burdekin youth and their families.
“The ability for Chaplains to build strong relationships and assist students to understand and overcome difficult issues is crucial not only for the individual but also the wider community,” he said.
“This sponsorship was made available to acknowledge the outstanding work and positive outcomes that the School Chaplains have achieved for our community.
“In 2016, seven local state schools and their students will benefit from the work of the Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy and Council is pleased to support the Chaplains in their cause this year.”
The Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy provides four Chaplains to work with students, parents, teachers and school staff at Ayr State School, East Ayr State School, Giru State School, Home Hill State School, Burdekin School, Ayr State High School and Home Hill State High School.
Previously the Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy has relied solely on fundraising events and donations from local business and the community to raise the $70,000 annual fee required to deliver this free school chaplaincy service.