ON THE RUN: Gladstone Road Runners president Charmaine Thompson and Calliope school chappy Sonia Ruge.
ON THE RUN: Gladstone Road Runners president Charmaine Thompson and Calliope school chappy Sonia Ruge. Laura Mckee

School chaplains supported by Gladstone run club

THE Gladstone Chaplaincy Program has been given a $1500 boost with help from the Gladstone Road Runners.

'Chappies' provide spiritual and emotional support to school children, parents and teachers.

Some Scripture Union Queensland chaplains are government funded and over 67% of state schools have a chappy, leaving 400 state schools without one.

President of Gladstone Road Runners and Calliope State School teacher Charmaine Thompson said she sees first-hand how important the chappy role was.

"We want to keep them employed at the school," she said.

"When a teacher is having a bad day or week you can count on the chappy to give you a hug."

Calliope and Central State School chaplain Sonia Ruge works three days a week at Calliope.

"We want to be that friendly face kids go to, not with the school teacher presence," she said.

Road Runners donated the $1500 from their Australia Day and Harbour Fest runs.



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