Boarding school helps victims
THE Rockhampton Grammar School is a second home for many children whose families live in Emerald and surrounding districts and many of their homes were flood-affected in the January deluge.
Jamie Saunders and Bryce Hodda’s families both shared the trauma of floodwater through their homes.
Bryce said he was keen to commence Year 12 after the floods and reunite with his close friends.
“My family all worked together to restore our home and business and thankfully it was all done in time for me to go back to school,” he said.
Director of girls’ boarding Dorothy Skilling said students’ flood stories prompted the Rockhampton Grammar School to contribute to the Queensland-wide fundraising.
A fundraising dinner at the school, combined with raffles and an auction, raised $35,000 which will be dispersed to flood-affected communities throughout Central Queensland.
Next Friday, director of boys’ boarding Stewart Norford and Ms Skilling will accompany headmaster Phillip Moulds to hand over a cheque for $10,000 to the Emerald and District Social Development Association Food Relief Appeal at the Neighbourhood Centre from 3.30pm.
The visit will be combined with a get-together for RGS families at Coolibah Plains, via Comet, from 5pm.