#storiesofhope – Chappy Ross + Chappy Mark bring food to those struggling on the Gemfields

“Families were doing it tough. Stores were facing food shortages because people were hoarding. There were limits on products, and everyday items were in high demand. There was a…

“Families were doing it tough. Stores were facing food shortages because people were hoarding. There were limits on products, and everyday items were in high demand. There was a real need, and we were able to do something about it.”

When chappies Ross and Mark heard about the food shortages going on in their communities at Emerald and Anakie, they wanted to help. 

“People were travelling an hour or more to get into town, just to find that they couldn’t get what they needed because stock was so low,” says Chappy Mark. 

To help ease the burden, Chappy Mark and a teacher came up with the idea of bridging the gap for those living out on the Gemfields, by hand-delivering items from town. Chappy Ross was only too keen to join in. 

“We approached the stores in town with $500 and some vouchers from local businesses. We asked if they’d remove the limits so we could take product out to the gem fields and they agreed,” Chappy Ross says.

The local Woolies and IGA chipped in with cartons of apples, oranges, bananas and pears, while Coles stepped up by donating bread and some of the local ladies helped out with grocery bags. 

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“We took a ute – which was piled three crates high with a variety of groceries – out to the gem fields every Wednesday for four weeks. It was incredible,” says Chappy Ross.

“Out in the fields, people were so grateful. There are lonely people out there and we were given the opportunity to give back on multiple levels. Mark and I would pray together in the car on the way up, because we knew it was going to be heavy.”

Chappy Mark and Chappy Ross prepare to head up to the Gemfields

In smaller communities, Chappy Ross explains that the school is often central to the community, and this means a school chaplain is often considered the chaplain for the community.

“I did some house calls with the principal – and the families were really excited to see us. Showing up with a loaf of bread and a bottle of milk was a simple way to show these families that you’re there for them.”

“I found that a lot of the families had been having the same conversation over and over again, so these visits were a way to share new perspectives.”

“I’ve been a chappy for the last thirteen years, and I’ve watched the community grow over the years. Someone once said to me, “You can count the number of seeds in an orange, but you can’t count the oranges in one seed.” I think that analogy relates to what we do as chaplains. You never know what one kind word can do for somebody – you never know how big that tree might grow.”

It’s because of you that school chaplains can bring hope and encouragement to their communities.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others – visit suqld.org.au/donate for more ways to show your support.

Posted: 16/06/2020

#storiesofhope – Chappy Deb is there through thick and thin

Every day school chaplains walk into environments full of young people dealing with serious and wide-ranging issues. From anxiety to domestic violence, mental health and even suicide, Chappy Deb…

Every day school chaplains walk into environments full of young people dealing with serious and wide-ranging issues. From anxiety to domestic violence, mental health and even suicide, Chappy Deb has been instrumental in supporting her school’s young people and their families. 

Through your big-hearted support, you too are meeting the needs of our children and young people in crisis.

“We have had 5-6 suicides in our community over the last few months – which has had flow-on effects to our community here at school. There’s a lot of training that we rely on as chaplains to help support in these situations, but equally as important is showing our young people that you actually care,” says Chappy Deb.

You make it possible for our chaplains to show up every day dedicated and determined to bring hope and a brighter future to our young people. Thank you.

“We use health and social care resources, we check in on students and encourage them to keep learning. Most important of all we take notice. That’s been important in COVID-19 – I’ve learnt so much about the power of taking notice,” says Chappy Deb.

“Our training helps us understand how to mentally take note of our conversations, and then we can refer to external services when needed. Chaplains also offer something unique to school communities through spiritual support, which is incredibly important for well being.”

“There was this one time at school, where I was talking with a group of students about what I do, and this quite angry girl spoke up and she said, “Miss, you pick up our hearts.” I thought that was pretty beautiful.”

Throughout this COVID-19 season, Chappy Deb has also been doing the usual rounds, checking in with students, staff and parents.

“Because of the changes with COVID-19, we can’t run our usual food programs. We usually run 7 food programs a week – breakfast 4 days, and lunch 3 days,” says Chappy Deb.

“We recently got donations back from Foodbank and have been able to provide milk, bananas, weetbix and juice. I’ve been making up sandwiches and wrapping them for hungry kids – it’s not a lot, but it’s about working with what’s already in the school.”

“Even though it’s hard, it’s exciting as well. I jump out of bed in the morning – always eager to see what God is going to do next.”

Chaplains may not outwardly wear capes, but they are certainly heroes in our communities. They never give up and they never stop sharing hope and love to those who need it the most.

Teacher Brendan is grateful for friends like you who are making a difference in schools through your support for school chaplaincy – particularly in times of stress and change.

“I believe it is vitally important that we have chaplains in our school. Both staff and students benefit greatly from having a person who is in a pastoral and well being role,” says Brendan.

“Chappy Deb is a caring and supportive person in the school, often doing unnoticed acts of kindness to support our staff and students. She provides non-judgmental support and from a teacher’s perspective, I feel like I can chat to Chappy Deb about matters of faith and other personal issues.”

It’s because of you that Chappies like Deb can bring encouragement and support to their communities. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others – visit suqld.org.au/donate for more ways to show your support.

Posted: 16/06/2020

#storiesofhope – Over 240 cars are blessed by a school supply drive-through

In this new season, children and young people across the state desperately need the social, emotional and spiritual support of a trusted and trained adult. To help keep school…

In this new season, children and young people across the state desperately need the social, emotional and spiritual support of a trusted and trained adult. To help keep school chaplaincy going, head to suqld.org.au/bringhope

Chappy Paula is passionate about chaplaincy. She’s been in the job for nearly 13 years, and says each day is a new opportunity to show love and hope.

“My background is in teaching, but my passion was always being a support person and a helper – that’s what I felt was very important and rewarding,” says Chappy Paula.

Chappy Paula re-stocking food supplies

“Every child needs a supportive, safe person and environment, otherwise mental health and anxieties can really overwhelm them. I’ve seen children suffer if they haven’t got nurturing care. I like that chaplaincy is about walking alongside the kids – it’s very personable.”

“Because I’ve been in the community for so long, I’ve built rapport with the families. Many will openly share what’s been going on in their lives, and I’m able to help them as much as I can. Support looks different for everyone. One boy turned up post-COVID without a lunchbox, and I was able to feed him and find some food for him to take home. It’s often simple things that others don’t have the time to concentrate on.”

Over the past few months, Chappy Paula has been getting creative in how she can support families – particularly those who are doing it tough.

“Each of the three schools I work at gets support from FoodBank, local communities and churches, but at the beginning of May when I went in to pick up the food, they said Coles had sent in a truckload of donations to support families. I was overwhelmed!”, says Chappy Paula.

“They provided a trailer to get it all back to the school because it wouldn’t fit in my station wagon. We had about 240 cars pull in on the Friday morning when parents came to pick up their learning packs. The teaching staff and I were dressed up, and were able to wave to the kids (and some family dogs!) through the window.”

“We organised the car park into lane-ways (Year 1 pickup, Year 2 pickup etc.) and then at the end was all the food. Even if some families only took something little, like a loaf of bread, it was great to be able to give them something to take home with them. Anything is a bonus when you’re going through hard times.”

Year One teacher, Tania Collins, had a fantastic day manning the Chappy Food stall.

“Despite the overcast, chilly, windy weather, the atmosphere in the car park was full of positivity, pleasure and pride in being a Woongarra staff member,” says Tania.

“Chappy Paula is a great support to our ‘Woonie’ families and provides a very caring and nurturing role to all. She is never too busy to be a ‘safe person’ and provide a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on and offer solutions both practical and spiritual.”

Year One teacher, Tania Collins says shes proud to be a Woongarra staff member

Despite the craziness of the past few months, Chappy Paula is grateful for the unity that has formed in the school. 

“It’s been a rough few months, but I’ve seen a lot of good come out of the season. I think we’ve grown as a school community and have realised we’re part of a bigger team.”

“We have a really effective support team at our school – I work closely with the guidance officer to support families in our communities, and we have great leadership from our Principal. It’s lovely to see how we can all work together to assist and care for our families.”

It’s because of you that Chappies like Paula can bring encouragement and support to their communities. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others – visit suqld.org.au/donate for more ways to show your support.

Posted: 16/06/2020

#storiesofhope – Chappy Di shares baskets of fruit with her community

In times of uncertainty and fear, hope is the antidote – and your chaplains are there to share that message with children and their families. Visit suqld.org.au/bringhope to find…

In times of uncertainty and fear, hope is the antidote – and your chaplains are there to share that message with children and their families. Visit suqld.org.au/bringhope to find out how you can help keep this vital mission going!

A few weeks ago, Chappy Di was able to support 9 local families by hand-delivering fruit baskets to their doorstep.

“The fruit baskets were a way to keep up with vulnerable families without being invasive – and it was also a great opportunity to check in on the kids. It was beautiful to see how excited these families were when they saw us arrive,” says Chappy Di.

“I’m so glad to have partnered with the well-being team at school to prepare these hampers. They were the ones who came up with the idea of filling them with fruit (bananas, apples, mandarins, pineapples, grapes and kiwi), because if the students were still at school, they would have received fruit as part of our Breakfast Club program.” 

Chappy Di on her way to deliver the fruit baskets

For one special family who were struggling, Chappy Di partnered with a local charity, Hidden Treasure, to deliver a stroller and an extra food hamper.

“This beautiful mum never would have asked, but when we showed up with the stroller and the food, she was so thankful. She said “You’re gonna make me cry.” You could see the joy on her face when a need was filled – she knew it was a genuine gift, and that there were no strings attached.”

“The whole hamper-process really showed me that this season can be used for good. God opened the way with the well-being team at school, and it was definitely a community effort.”

Chappy Di has had a lifetime of experience working in insurance, human resources and more, but knew that God was guiding her towards a future in chaplaincy.

“I’ve worked in a variety of jobs and that’s given me a lot of experience and skills. By the time I’d completed my SU Training and was working in a school, I had a sensitivity for people built into me,” says Chappy Di.

“It’s funny, looking back, I can see that I was guided towards a chaplaincy role long before I became a chaplain. There were domestic violence cases in some of the factories I worked at, and I did training with migrant women. Those sorts of situations taught me how to be a really good listener.”

“As a chaplain, I’m an impartial voice and that’s why the kids will share with me. They know I’m listening to them, and listening is not judging.”

“This COVID-19 season has been an eye-opener. Visiting those families has given me a new perspective in my role of caring for families. It’s shown me that it’s important to take a moment to see what’s going on behind the scenes. There’s often a lot more going on than you realise.”

It’s because of you that Chappies like Di can bring encouragement and support to their communities. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others – visit suqld.org.au/donate for more ways to show your support.

 

 

Posted: 12/06/2020

#storiesofhope – Chappy Karl’s big heart for his small town

Three years ago Karl felt the call to school chaplaincy – and that call led him to the small town of Marmor, Queensland, where he and his family now…

Three years ago Karl felt the call to school chaplaincy – and that call led him to the small town of Marmor, Queensland, where he and his family now live in a renovated old church.

In this remote community of roughly 150 people, Chappy Karl finds gardening is a great way to bring support (and fresh fruit and vegetables) right to the table of the residents.

“I do a lot of work in the community gardens. It’s great for the kids to get involved with it – they go home and ask their parents to plant their own family garden!” says Chappy Karl.

Chappy Karl with school captain and garden-helper, Charlotte O’Grady

 

“We grow watermelons, rockmelons, zucchinis, cucumbers, pumpkins – everything. We also do community cooking with the produce. I know that there have been some rough times in the past, and living so far out, people can’t always get into town for food. These gardens have been a real boost for the community.”

Throughout the COVID19 season, Chappy Karl has been doing everything he can to support students, parents and staff across his two schools.

“I’ve been fitting in where I”m needed. The last few years, I’ve been able to build a good rapport in the community – now it’s about being there for everyone,” says Chappy Karl.

“The role of a chaplain is to be there. It’s about building relationships and providing support and drawing on your strengths. I love that as a chaplain, you can be yourself. You’re there to spend time with the kids and to support their well-being.”

It’s because of you that Chappies like Karl can bring encouragement and support to their communities. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others – visit suqld.org.au/donate for more ways to show your support.

Posted: 4/06/2020

#storiesofhope – Chappy Kylie helped Jack and his family cope

When Jack was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes three weeks before his 9th birthday, it was a huge shock for his family. The condition meant his mum Sarah had…

When Jack was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes three weeks before his 9th birthday, it was a huge shock for his family.

The condition meant his mum Sarah had to administer seven insulin injections a day. At times he wouldn’t eat – just to avoid having another needle.

Just as Jack and his family were coming to terms with their ‘new normal’, the death of a much-loved family member and being temporarily moved out of their rental home added further stress to what was already a challenging and stressful time.

One month later Covid-19 struck…

It’s at times like these that chaplains stand in the gap for children and families in need. Your generosity keeps them there – thank you!

Behind the scenes, Chappy Kylie was there. The relationship she’d built with Jack and his family, over the years, allowed her to step in and help when it was most needed.

“I first met Chappy Kylie many years ago in the middle of a rough time of my life,” Sarah recalls.

“Later on, in the first couple of months after Jack’s diagnosis I got very little sleep because I was so worried his insulin levels would drop low during the night, which they did a few times. I wasn’t home much and juggling the four kids and my night shifts was a lot.

“When Kylie delivered the hamper it broke us. It couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Jack (left), his sister and his mother Sarah

As Covid-19 came on and the family moved into another rough patch, Chappy Kylie dropped off another hamper and organised some frozen meals.

“They’re practical – it had cereal, pasta, just enough to get us through for a couple of days. The hampers and meals have saved me in some really difficult times over this season,” Sarah says.

“It just gives you support. It makes you feel not alone, you feel supported, you feel valued as a person. I don’t even know the words. We’re grateful.”

Head of Special Ed at Bald Hills State School, Kate Marley, says Chappy Kylie makes a huge difference for families like Jack’s.

“If Jack’s family didn’t have Chappy Kylie, there wouldn’t be hampers, there wouldn’t be food vouchers, and there wouldn’t be that phone call to check in,” Kate recalls.

“She made sure they got the support they needed.”

Kate says the support goes far beyond one family, and that Chappy Kylie shapes the way the school provides support to families in need.

“Kylie’s invaluable. She’s open and warm but hugely practical as well – she does the job of like six people,” Kate says.

“With Covid-19, people don’t know what to do – if they should come to school or not. Teachers are feeling vulnerable and they don’t know if what was applicable yesterday still stands in the present.

“In that space, Kylie has been that constant – just there walking beside them. Having someone in the school who is so present, calm and kind changes everything.

“She would feel the stress, but every single day she walks in with a big smile, willing to serve without complaining. I couldn’t imagine school without Chappy Kylie.”

Kylie loves the hamper program not only for the smiles when she drops one off, but also the impact it has on the kids in the school – who donate the goods for the hampers.

“I love that the hampers come from the school community,” Kylie says.

“It’s kids recognizing that they are a part of being able to help. I love getting kids involved in something greater than themselves – teaching them that they can be a part of spreading love and kindness.”

For Jack’s mum Sarah, she can’t speak highly enough about her chappy.

“It’s not just children she’s looking out for, it’s the mums, it’s the dads, it’s the foster families – it’s whoever the guardians are for those kids at school. She makes you feel a part of the community. It gives the school heart,” Sarah says.

“It means everything to me to know my kids are safe and that they have someone looking out for them.”

It’s because of you that Chappies like Kylie can bring encouragement and support to their communities. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others – visit suqld.org.au/donate for more ways to show your support.

Posted: 1/06/2020

#storiesofhope – Chappy Jen’s care packs are rallying her remote community

In her remote school half an hour south of Gympie, Chappy Jen has been busy reassuring families, teachers and parents in the face of uncertainty and change. “Because of…

In her remote school half an hour south of Gympie, Chappy Jen has been busy reassuring families, teachers and parents in the face of uncertainty and change.

“Because of our location, there hasn’t been a lot of anxiety in our school – but it’s been important to reassure the families that we’re there for them at this time if anyone needs to talk,” says Chappy Jen.

“I was able to put together some Care Packs for parents of the 22 families in our school, and fill it with tea sachets, chocolate, easter eggs, a keep-cup, hand-made bookmark and a tote bag from a community group in Gympie – just a few little encouragements.”

Over the last few weeks, Chappy Jen has been helping the teaching staff put together the paper-based curriculum packs.

“Because of the small school size and an unreliable internet service, our school decided that everything would be paper-based. The system is the parents come in every second week and collect the new supplies. On this day, I’m always there to chat with them and check in with how they’re going,” says Chappy Jen.

“I used to home-school myself, so it’s been nice to pass on some wisdom to the parents who were concerned about keeping up with expectations.”

“Home schooling is going to look different to the normal school routine – and if the kids aren’t coping, then take a break – go outside and, look at a tree, even climb a tree. It’s not going to be 6 straight hours in front of a desk. There were a lot of parents that needed to hear that!”

On top of the assurance and support Chappy Jen has been able to give to overwhelmed parents, there has been the opportunity to slow down and invest time in the teaching staff.

“In the midst of all this new, it’s been really nice to see the staff have the time for social interactions. We all stop for lunch together, and the environment is different because we all aren’t busy doing other stuff. It’s like planet Earth is on a bit of a reset,” says Chappy Jen.

“I’ve also been painting everything in the school that I can paint! Planter boxes and walkways – just to freshen up the grounds a bit for when the students return.”

It’s thanks to you that school chaplains are there to provide care and encouragement to our communities.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others – visit suqld.org.au/donate for more ways to show your support.

Posted: 15/05/2020

#storiesofhope – Chappy Jason’s wooden stars are bringing much-needed hope

COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. In this time of uncertainty and fear, hope is the antidote – and our chaplains are there to share that message…

COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. In this time of uncertainty and fear, hope is the antidote – and our chaplains are there to share that message with children and their families. Find out more at suqld.org.au/bringhope

Chappy Jason wears lots of hats in his community. Most recently, he has taken on the role of an artist, lifting spirits by leaving hand-painted wooden stars around town.

Article from the Warwick Daily News

The idea came from an art-therapy group in the US called “Stars of Hope” – who have a mission to spread hope, show hope and shine hope in the world. Chappy Jason, along with his daughters, thought this would be a great way to thank the Frontline workers in this pandemic – particularly those working at the local hospital.

“The Stars for Hope initiative is focused on what we can do for others. It’s about acts of kindness, thankfulness and gratitude for other people – the real heroes in this time,” says Chappy Jason.

“It’s a nice way to change your focus, instead of dwelling on your own challenges. The local paper actually ran a nice story about it. The Police, Paramedics and Hospital Staff were overwhelmed by the kindness.”

Two of Chappy Jason’s helpers, seven-year old Esther and fifteen-year old Erina think the stars are a great way “to make people happy, and let [the workers on the Frontline] know we are thinking about them and that we are all in this together.”

Esther and her Mum with their beautiful stars of encouragement

In addition to being a fantastic star-painter, Chappy Jason has had his hands full working across three schools.

“The past few weeks have been challenging. I work across three different schools and all three schools are different. I’ll often run programs in the school on and off as they are needed, but that hasn’t been possible right now. Instead, it’s been about finding new ways to support kids, families and staff,” says Chappy Jason.

“When you hit a phase with lots of change, often anxiety and fear follow. At the start of COVID-19, there were lots of students who weren’t coping at all and were having breakdowns. They needed someone to sit with them and just listen.”

“Sadly, a listening adult is lacking in the lives of many young people – even those that live in a safe environment. Kids that live outside of that – in vulnerable situations and split homes – have even less of that crucial support.”

Gabrielle and Erina, two more of Chappy Jason’s helpers

Chappy Jason’s story into chaplaincy came when he reached a crossroad in his own life, and he doesn’t regret a second of it.

“It’s definitely a God story. God planted it in my heart to become a school chaplain, and over and over again I have seen the impact a chaplain can have.

“These days, people just get caught up in the busyness of life and extra-curricular activities after school. Family time is missing. It’s so important that young people have an adult there to listen to them – that’s why I love my job.”

The work of a chaplain includes joy and many triumphs, but there are certainly moments of pain and grief. But it is a calling that cares for the well-being of little lives – and it’s a calling that makes Chappies like Jason, heroes.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others – visit suqld.org.au/donate for more ways to show your support.

Posted: 14/05/2020

#storiesofhope – Chappy Mike’s timely gift to a teen in need

In times of crisis, it’s those most vulnerable who feel the effects. This pandemic has impacted us all in some way – but some have definitely been hit harder…

In times of crisis, it’s those most vulnerable who feel the effects. This pandemic has impacted us all in some way – but some have definitely been hit harder than others.

We’ve seen this reflected in the stories that have come through over the past few months. Many stories we are simply unable to share because the wounds are still so raw. Today we want to share a part of one of these stories with you.

To protect the identities of those involved, we’ve changed their names out of respect for their privacy.

Chappy Mike works in a school in South East Queensland. In the final week of Term 1, the students at his school were told they’d be moving into isolation at home over the school holidays.

Change is a challenge for anyone, but change and the prospect of social isolation in the midst of a global pandemic for a child who has already endured so much in their short life, it can be devastating.

It was at this time that Chappy Mike got a call from the Department of Education asking if he could support a foster carer who had a child at the school. The carer was deeply concerned about her foster child Ben, who has an ADHD-like condition.

Going into isolation was a scary prospect for this family. In short, they knew something like this could push Ben over the edge.

Chappy Mike wanted to help.

“I knew Ben liked basketball, so I reached out to my network and someone from the local community offered to fund a basketball hoop for him,” Chappy Mike says.

“On the last Friday of term we dropped it off at Ben’s house. The smile on his face made it all worth it.”

This seemingly simple gesture in a moment of anxiety and need made the world of difference to Ben and his foster family. There’s always more to these stories and the backgrounds of those involved.

But what matters most is that children like Ben and families across Queensland continue to see hope in the midst of their everyday struggles thanks to the love and support of their school chaplains.

Your support puts them there.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others – visit suqld.org.au/donate for more ways to show your support.

Posted: 14/05/2020

#storiesofhope – Chappy Susanne is helping to fight anxiety in the midst of Covid-19

COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. In this time of uncertainty and fear, hope is the antidote – and our chaplains are there to share that message…

COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. In this time of uncertainty and fear, hope is the antidote – and our chaplains are there to share that message with children and their families. Visit suqld.org.au/bringhope to find out more.

Chappy Susanne from Burnside State School has been a shining light in her community through this ongoing crisis. With a background as a trained counsellor and psychotherapist, Chappy Susanne is very aware of the mental health toll things like COVID19 can have on a person.

“Even though I work in a primary school, we are seeing more and more students with anxiety. As a chaplain, it’s so important to be educated about social media and other things that are going on in the students’ lives so that we can connect with them, and they can connect with us,” says Chappy Susanne.

“Running anti-anxiety programs that touch on deep breathing and stretching is a great way to teach both students and parents how to handle anxiety when it comes.”

“It’s important that our young people have coping tools and strategies, so that when they go to high school they have something they can implement into everyday life. One of the reasons I got into chaplaincy was because I wanted to work in the preventive space and have the opportunity to work with the whole family.”

Chappy Susanne’s passion and skills to support her school community is something her principal is so grateful for. 

“Chappy Susanne is a crucial member of our school community. She demonstrates kindness, care and compassion for our students, staff and school community,” says Principal Monique.

The partnership goes both ways, as Chappy Susanne is mutually grateful for the support and trust of her Principal.

“My Principal is amazing – she’s really big on mental health and looking after the wellness of staff and families. She has a perspective of kindness and warmth, and the motto that ‘family comes first’,” says Chappy Susanne.

Chappy Susanne and Principal Monique outside their school

“In this COVID19 environment, I’ve been spending a lot of time supporting the staff. There’s a lot of pressure and expectations on the teachers and many have been feeling overwhelmed. I’ve been calling families to check in on parents and students – it’s good to let them know you’re thinking of them and that they’re not alone.”

“For the kids that have been coming into school, it’s been my job to give them hope and talk with them about their big questions. It’s in times of trauma that we need the most support, and where we start to ask some of those big questions in life. As a chaplain, I’m there to shine light and give people hope in the uncertainty.”

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others – visit suqld.org.au/donate for more ways to show your support.

Posted: 13/05/2020

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