What better way to raise money for a great cause than by jumping out of a perfectly good aeroplane? Archie Jamieson, of Gold Coast Skydive will be doing just that at 9am on Wednesday 1 June to raise awareness and funds for the Elanora State School Chaplaincy programme, headed by ‘Chappy’ Doug Milton who has been the school’s resident Chaplain since 2012.
School Chaplains work with students, families and staff in the school community assisting in areas of social, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual concerns. The role of the Chaplain is crucial not only for the students, families and faculty, but also for the wider community.
“In my role as Chaplain, I provide a listening ear, a caring presence and message of hope to students and their families. I assist students struggling with confusing relationships, peer pressure and self-esteem issues, family breakdown, depression, bullying and abuse” said Chaplain Doug Milton.
“Our School Chaplaincy program receives $20,000 per year from the Federal Government, which represents 50% of the funds required to enable our Chaplain to work with students and families for four days per week. Our Chaplaincy program relies on donations and fundraising initiatives such as this one, to raise additional funds required to run the Chaplaincy program at Elanora State School,” said Principal Tricia Neate.
Archie Jamieson, Australian skydiving record-holder and champion and Managing Director of Gold Coast Skydive commented, “I have been a long-time supporter of the work of the Chaplaincy at Elanora State School, so I always jump on board any opportunity to fundraise for this great cause. When I was asked to skydive into the school’s oval to assist their fund raising initiatives, I jumped at the chance!”
The Chaplaincy Committee will be selling tickets to raise funds for this event. On the 1st of June, tickets will be scattered in the drop zone on the school’s oval prior to Archie’s skydive. Upon landing, Archie will randomly collect a number of tickets and these tickets will be the winning tickets to prizes donated by local businesses who’ve kindly supported this event. Tickets for this fund raising raffle can be purchased at the school.
With over 1,100 students enrolled in the school, it is hoped that this jump for Chaplaincy will raise funds and elevate awareness for the much valued service offered by ‘Chappy Doug’. This will also ensure his ongoing residency at the school every day of the week.