Local businesses and organisations are asked to dig deep and purchase tickets for the 16th annual Redland City Mayoral Prayer Breakfast in August, to raise funds for much-needed chaplaincy programs in Redlands’ state schools.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said chaplaincy programs were vitally important for providing social, emotional and spiritual support for Redlands’ students, staff and families.
“They provide timely pastoral care, critical mentoring, and role modeling that enhance individual wellbeing, which of course enhances a child’s success in learning and life,” she said.
“It’s often at school where these challenges are first identified, and we expect that by increasing chaplaincy services more than 14,500 local children and young people will benefit.
“There are still state schools in Redlands which do not have access to crucial chaplaincy services and we hope that through events such as the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast that all state school students in the city will have equal access to these important programs.
“Last year’s breakfast sold out with more than 220 business leaders, government representatives, community members, local church and school leaders attending and giving generously and raised more than $15,000 to support school chaplaincy programs in Redlands.
“With tickets at $55 or $500 for a table of 10, it’s a small contribution in the scheme of things, and it brings the community together in a spirit of generosity and prayer,” Cr Williams said.
Since 2003 the event has raised more than $115,000 which has made a real difference for local children and youth, through the work of our school chaplaincy programs.
Local businesses are also invited to talk to Council about the business benefits of sponsoring the event, knowing their generosity also contributes to improving children’s lives and helping them reach their full potential.
Visit the Redland City Council website for more information.