BADGINGARRA farmer Peter Wilkinson voiced his support for YouthCARE school chaplaincy in a creative manner by donating a Challara Merino stud sale ram for auction at the stud’s onproperty sale on September 7 in support of YouthCARE school chaplaincy in Moora.
It is expected the Moora Chaplaincy fund will be boosted by up to $1500 from the sale of the randomly selected Challara ram, which in turn will support YouthCARE school chaplain Jodie Smith. Jodie presently works one and a half days a week at Moora Primary School and three and a half days a week at Central Midlands Senior High School.
The Federal Government National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) contributes $20,000 toward the provision of a maximum of two days of chaplaincy service but this only partially meets the cost.
It is these much needed community fundraisers that enable chaplains like Jodie to continue providing the additional days of school chaplaincy which are not funded by the Federal Government.
Jodie, who has been a YouthCARE school chaplain at Central Midlands Senior High School since November last year, said she loved her job.
“I love being part of the school community, providing pastoral care to students, staff and parents,” Ms Smith said.
“I am very grateful for the personal and financial support of the Moora community which enables me to continue with my job, showing people that they matter.”
Published in Farm Weekly, 23 August 2012