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Kids dig deep to replace cash stolen from church

BLESSED: St Saviour’s Anglican Church accepted a donation from Gladstone Central State School, delivered to the church’s Annie Saunders by principal Leanne Martin and students Isabella,11, Amy-Lee, 12, Joshua 12, Cooper 11, and Kiani, 12.
BLESSED: St Saviour’s Anglican Church accepted a donation from Gladstone Central State School, delivered to the church’s Annie Saunders by principal Leanne Martin and students Isabella,11, Amy-Lee, 12, Joshua 12, Cooper 11, and Kiani, 12. Contributed

VOLUNTEERS at an Auckland St church in Gladstone that was robbed last month have been delighted by a surprise donation of $1500, delivered by six grinning school children.

"We were blown away," said Annie Saunders, from St Saviour's Anglican Church.

"It was just astounding to have half a dozen children come over and say 'this is what we've done'."

Thieves stole $1000 of donated money from St Saviour's Anglican Church on Auckland St early last month.

So Gladstone Central State School, located on the same street, organised a fundraising Free Dress Day, at a cost of $4 per student, and raised $1400.

Principal Leanne Martin said the children were asked to wear green, which is the Christian colour for new beginnings, and known to many cultures as the colour of luck.

"Just about every child in our school donated $4 to help recoup the stolen money, some contributing $5, $10, $20 or $50."

Ms Martin topped up the cash to make a total donation of $1500.

She said the school community was determined to help the church volunteers who work tirelessly to support students by providing free breakfast at the beginning of every week.

The Brekky Club is held before school on Monday mornings by the Anglican Angels.

Ms Martin said students enjoy as many sausages, eggs and bacon rolls as they can fit in, making sure they had a good start to the school week.

"No payment is ever expected," she said.

Reverend Daniel Paulraj said the funds had been gratefully received.

"We have forgiven the person who stole the money and there has been a big response from the community to helping recover funds," he said.

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