AllRound supports Bribie Island school chaplains

Bribie Island kids are just that little better off, thanks to the community spirit of local businesses including AllRound Tree Services. There may be a lot of words for the event – it’s called ‘the Bribie Island Kids Educational Support (BIKES) and Local Chaplaincy Charity Golf Day’ – but there’s even more heart in it.

Local businesses get together for two major events annually to support local chappies and the BIKES program, run out of St Vincent de Paul’s on the island, with the other one being a charity breakfast.

Both are largely organised by local identity and avid charity worker, Lulu Drew of Lulu’s Party Shop on Goodwin Drive on Bribie Island.

“There can be some resistance to giving support to the chappies”, says Lulu, “due to an unfortunate misconception that their work is just about religious instruction. But the chappies give fantastic support to the kids, including some from less advantaged backgrounds. They do simply invaluable caring work with kids who might be experiencing bullying, for example, and even bringing some back from the brink of suicide.”

“They need the charity days as they are not fully funded by the government for full-time work. This fundraising activity fills some of the gaps in supporting their work and also paying for equipment needs and so on.”

AllRound a gold sponsor

Simon Maloney, owner-director of AllRound, gave yet another year’s support as a gold sponsor, which involves sponsoring a hole and being part of a team that plays on the day. Simon has shown a long-standing commitment to charitable work supporting local young people, and has known Lulu for the 30 years she has been living on the island. He affectionately dubs her the Bribie Island “charity queen”.

“It was a glorious day,” Lulu said. “It had rained heavily the night before so unfortunately we had a few cancellations in the morning. It was still raining in the morning on Bongaree, too, but not at Woorim, where the golf club is. So we rang around and managed to fill all the places – and I think we saw just one puddle on the whole course. It all worked out beautifully.”

The major sponsor of the Bribie Island Kids Educational Support and Local Chaplaincy Charity Golf Day was again Victoria Nicholson on behalf of Bribie Island RE/MAX. The day ended with a speech given by Jacqui King, Principal of Banksia Beach Primary School.

As AllRound’s Simon Maloney says, “It’s all about the kids. It’s always all about the local kids.”