Students lead pandemic support for the Children’s Ward

Woongarra State School students came to school as essential workers and raised funds for the Bundaberg Hospital's Children's Ward. Picture: AARON GOODWIN

By Aaron Goodwin

Students at Woongarra State School have done their bit to assist essential workers who have worked hard during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Members of the Woongarra State School Student Council wanted students and school community members to take a moment to recognise and acknowledge those essential workers within our community.

As a result, the school held a essential workers themed free dress day on 11 June, where they raised $364.45, to be passed on to the Bundaberg Base Hospital Foundation to purchase books, games and toys for the Children’s Ward.

Student Council member Dana Gahan was instrumental in coming up with this whole initiative.

”I thought that that essential workers were having a hard time during Covid-19 so I thought they needed a big thank you,” Ms Gahan said.

”Lachlan came up with the idea to donate money to the Children’s Ward at the hospital.

”We all decided that they need a big thank you and should be congratulated for how much they worked.

”My Mum teachers here and I have some grandparents who work at the hospital.

”Not all heroes wear capes.”

Fellow Student Council member Lachlan Wyllie said that both of his parents are disability support workers who have worked through the whole pandemic.

”It feels good knowing we are doing something good with the community, especially with what’s happening with the pandemic,” Mr Wyllie said.

”It’s tough with what’s going on and with sports having been cancelled or postponed.”

Students have been discussing the different work roles within our local and broader community and have recognised those roles that came to the forefront, especially during times such as lockdowns.

Teacher, Mrs Sally Rieck, said: ”The Student Council had a desire to recognise and acknowledge the essential workers within our community and put forward the idea of a gold coin donation free dress day acknowledging them.”

Woongarra State School principal, Mr Jeff Irwin, said: ”I am proud that our Woonie students can both acknowledge our essential workers and support the Children’s ward at the local Base Hospital through this activity.”