A box of books can change the world

It all began with the promise of a box of books and a Chappy who wanted to make a difference. Cleveland District State High School chaplain, Neale, is a…

It all began with the promise of a box of books and a Chappy who wanted to make a difference.

Cleveland District State High School chaplain, Neale, is a man with a passion for helping children in need.

Through his Library Project Vanuatu initiative, which he launched in 2014 to help resource underprivileged schools in Vanuatu, he is now empowering students in his local school community to better understand the age-old adage that it is better to give than to receive.

“It is a real honour to open the eyes of students to see that you don’t have to be a millionaire to make a real difference. All it takes is some unneeded books and a bit of fundraising and you can change the lives of a whole village of kids,” Chappy Neale says.

To date, Chappy Neale and over 100 volunteers, have provided in excess of 100,000 books to resource 27 school libraries in villages across Vanuatu.

The people of Vanuatu are so eager for books, that some schools had actually built empty libraries, hoping they would one day be filled. When Chappy Neale and his school team show up with crates of books, the gift is beyond their expectations.

A completed library in Vanuatu

“One school told me: ‘We built the library and knew God would provide the books,’” Chappy Neale recalls.

“The truth is these books are going to benefit kids who haven’t been born yet. There is an incredible longevity to the gift. It costs about $4,000 to put in 3 libraries, which is really quite amazing.”

Many students and staff from Cleveland District State High have been fortunate to see first-hand the impact their support is having through the school’s biennial Vanuatu trips.

Students live in the village, eat the local food and are immersed in a whole new culture. The paradox is that while they are the ones bringing the gift of education, they themselves are learning too!

Chappy Neale has taught his school students a valuable life lesson: it truly is more blessed to give than to receive.

This initiative has changed the lives of young people at Cleveland District State High School and across villages in Vanuatu. Thank you for making these stories possible through your support for school chaplaincy. To keep this cycle of giving going, visit suqld.org.au/donate.

For more information about this wonderful Project, the website is: www.libraryproject.com.au

Posted: 15/08/2019

YOU’RE SETTING UP COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Sport is a great way to connect faith communities with local communities – an incredible opportunity made possible thanks to your support!

Sport is a great way to connect faith communities with local communities – an incredible opportunity made possible thanks to your support!

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Posted: 8/04/2019

Troupies roll up sleeves to help Townsville flood victims

When your small country school is closed due to flooding and your community is struggling in the wake of a large-scale disaster, what do you do?   If you’re…

When your small country school is closed due to flooding and your community is struggling in the wake of a large-scale disaster, what do you do?  

If you’re Rollingstone State School chaplain Travis Johnston, you roll up your sleeves and mobilise your town’s youth group, called the Troupies.

“The school was going underwater.  It was like a sinking ship, and I knew we were going to be off for days,” Chappy Travis recalls. (more…)

Posted: 19/03/2019

Happy 40th SMADD!

In 1980, Malcolm Fraser was prime minister, Dustin Hoffman and Sally Field win Best Actors at the Oscars, Rubik’s Cube debuts at the International Toy Fair, and the first…

In 1980, Malcolm Fraser was prime minister, Dustin Hoffman and Sally Field win Best Actors at the Oscars, Rubik’s Cube debuts at the International Toy Fair, and the first SU QLD SMADD camp was held.

Happy 40th birthday, SMADD! (more…)

Posted: 25/02/2019

Get your 2019 started right! (Or get it back on track)

If your New Year’s resolution was to be more active, and whether you’re still on track at this point and fell off the wagon a few weeks ago, we’ve…

If your New Year’s resolution was to be more active, and whether you’re still on track at this point and fell off the wagon a few weeks ago, we’ve got you covered!

The SU QLD 2019 calendar is jam-packed with opportunities for you to get up, get out, and do something amazing, while helping to bring hope to children and young people. There’s not better motivation than that!

March 2 – Boonah Chappy Challenge: Walk, run, or cycle to support Southern Queensland school chaplains.

May 25 – Cycle for Hope (Far North Queensland): If you’ve got the quads to match your heart for school chaplaincy, join us for the ride from Redlynch to Port Douglas and support your local chaplains.

June 7 – Brisbane Golf Day: Whether you score birdies or bogies, you can swing on by for our annual Brisbane Golf Day. Look forward to a fun day out, while supporting the work of SU QLD.

July – Tour de Chaplain (Rockhampton and Gladstone): Don your best Lycra outfit and take part in Central Queensland chaplaincy’s answer to that French-based riding event, Tour de… what was that name again? 

Trek in the heart of Australia and raise funds for SU QLD.

July 22-28 – Journey for Hope Larapinta Trek 2019: If you have a heart for children and young people, then journey with us through the heart of Australia’s beautiful Red Centre, all while raising funds to keep chaplaincy in our schools.  

August 25 – Bridge to Brisbane: Join the SU QLD B2B Team and walk or run to raise much-needed funds for your local school chaplains.

Various dates (see page 12) – Community Cups: 2019 is going to be a great year for sports lovers with four community cups featuring netball, touch footy, beach volleyball and six-a-side soccer. Come for a great day of sport and community!

There is so much more in store this year. So watch this space. We look forward to your company as we partner together to bring hope to children, young people and their families.

Posted: 17/01/2019

Volunteers, we love ya!

We’d be lost at SU QLD without the hundreds of amazing, beautiful, talented, generous, and gifted volunteers who keep the wheels turning.  Not even exaggerating! Our volunteers do everything from…

We’d be lost at SU QLD without the hundreds of amazing, beautiful, talented, generous, and gifted volunteers who keep the wheels turning.  Not even exaggerating!

Our volunteers do everything from running camps, helping on camps, cooking for hungry campers, stuffing envelopes, doing paperwork, writing cards, filing, serving at school breakfast clubs, and a thousand other jobs that keep children and young people connected, and our supporters updated.

Today is International Volunteers Day, so we wanted to highlight one of our long-serving volunteers who runs Far North Queensland Splashout Camp in Cairns.  Her name is Kristin Hohoi and she’s amazing. (more…)

Posted: 5/12/2018

Queensland, meet your Father of the Year!

Behavioural optometrist, father of three, grandfather of one, foster father to many, and champion for victims of domestic violence, Sunshine Coast dad Darin Browne is your 2018 Queensland Father…

Behavioural optometrist, father of three, grandfather of one, foster father to many, and
champion for victims of domestic violence, Sunshine Coast dad Darin Browne is your 2018
Queensland Father of the Year.

Darin’s daughter, Tara, nominated him for the award to recognise him for his dedication to
his family and helping others in need.

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Posted: 17/09/2018

Chappies ask RU OK? on national RU OK? Day

Two north Brisbane chaplains are grabbing the microphone and taking the RU OK? message to Year 6 students at Undurba State School on National RU OK? Day today. R…

Two north Brisbane chaplains are grabbing the microphone and taking the RU OK? message to Year 6 students at Undurba State School on National RU OK? Day today.

R U OK? is a national movement where everyone is encouraged to meaningfully connect with others by asking if they are okay in a bid to support those struggling with life.

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Posted: 13/09/2018

Join the adventure! Journey for Hope 2019

Calling all adventurers!  SU QLD is taking fundraising and community building to new heights with our Journey for Hope – Larapinta Trek 2019! The Larapinta Trail is regarded as one…

Calling all adventurers!  SU QLD is taking fundraising and community building to new heights with our Journey for Hope – Larapinta Trek 2019!

The Larapinta Trail is regarded as one of Australia’s premier walking tracks. From the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station to the peak of Mount Sonder, the trail stretches 223km along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges.  Above all, you will be helping to raise funds for SU QLD to bring hope to children and young people.

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Posted: 23/08/2018

Tour de Chaplain a show of support for chappies

More than 90 bike riders hit the highway for Tour de Chaplain – a gruelling 100km journey to raise awareness and funds for school chaplaincy in Central Queensland. From…

More than 90 bike riders hit the highway for Tour de Chaplain – a gruelling 100km journey to raise awareness and funds for school chaplaincy in Central Queensland.

From the town of Many Peaks to Yurwun, the riders battled cold, wind, and exhaustion to finish the journey, raising more than $23,000 for 12 chaplains who work at 19 schools in the Gladstone region.

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Posted: 30/07/2018

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