Deputy principal Wayne Carty locked away in his cell.
Deputy principal Wayne Carty locked away in his cell.

Deputy principal volunteers to be locked up to save chappy

NOOSAVILLE State School deputy principal Wayne Carty will be locked in a cage for nearly a week in a fundraising effort to save school chaplain Michelle Gameiro.

Much-loved school chappy Michelle Gameiro has been searching for fundraising ideas to keep her talents and services available to the Noosaville students.

Without the funds, she must reduce her hours at the school starting next term and that's unthinkable for those who have come to know and love her for the past few years.

After lots of discussion Mr Carty decided to respond to the call for him to be locked up in a cage and stay there until school break up on Thursday.

Last Friday, constable Murray Sandilands and senior constable Tara Kermond were on hand with students, teachers and supporters to make sure Mr Carty was comfortable in the confines of his cell until he's set free.

"It's all for a great cause and I'm happy to get behind the fundraising cause for our Chappy Michelle. She's an amazing part of our school and we want our kids to know she's there when their needs arise," Mr Carty said.

As for the Chappy herself, Michelle says chaplains are in schools to meet the humanitarian needs of the school community.

"As chaplain, my role takes on many forms. I provide a free breakfast program each morning and offer one on one as well as group social skills programs. I also support students and families through their many issues including grief and loss, financial difficulties and isolation. I believe each child is precious and that we need to value children by encouraging, listening and supporting them through life's toughest challenges," she said.

"The need for chaplaincy is growing all the time. Unfortunately, instead of my service expanding to meet these needs, it may actually decrease. So, we came up with the idea of raising awareness and fundraising at the same time. It's all about highlighting the fact that chaplaincy is a vital part of our school and needs support from our community to exist. The fact that our deputy, Wayne Carty has committed to supporting this cause is proof of that and is testament to the great fellow he is.

The Tewantin Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank and its manager, Wayne Hoens have been long-term supporters of Noosaville State School and have decided to heed Michelle's call. They started the ball rolling by putting $1,000 in the account in the hope of inspiring other Noosa businesses to do the same.

Personal or local business donations can be made by contacting Noosaville State School on 5440 3222 or Chappy Michelle on 0405 395 399.

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