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.

Topics:  donation stealing theft

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

THE last season of GoT finally uttered the words we’ve been waiting six seasons to hear and now that the weather has cooled down in Brisbane, “winter is here.”

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

'Strip conditions': Bosses apply to terminate agreement

Australian Manufacturers' Workers Union delegate Andrew Lockwood with his family at an early morning protest outside Gladstone Power Station.

Battle over worker's conditions at power station conitnues.

UPDATE: Police investigate 'dried blood' at dead man's home

IDENTIFIED: Police have identified the man found dead in a drain at Toolooa on Thursday as Michael Peter Ceremuga.

Police are appealing for assistance after this morning's autopsy.

Local Partners

Wall will provide fresh look for CBD

UNITY Bricks project to bring life back into the Gladstone CBD.

Win a $1000

Learn More

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Wonder Woman is a kick-arse superhero romp

WITH so much at stake, thank Zeus that Wonder Woman didn’t fall into the same trap as its DC Extended Universe predecessors.

Everything coming to Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and Amazon Prime Video this June

Orange Is The New Black returns for another season.

Find out what's being added to our streaming services in June.

Sam Armytage and Tom Cruise? Saaaaay what?

Apparently, the answer is no.

Musical tribute to flood volunteers released

Songwriter honours flood volunteers who helped their neighbours.

Lismore songwriter Simon Thomas was moved by strangers' kindness

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Maybe he just wanted to make himself the story.

Gladstone gets cheesy with espresso bar masterclass

CHEESE EXPERT: Special guest Peter Gross shared his knowledge on everything about cheese.

'Something we could do': more food events for region

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured with Police Commisioner Ian Stewart, has announced plans to build a new counter-terrorism facility in Wacol.

The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!