Students reach out to Innisfail pals with hands and hearts
News source: The Courier-Mail, Tuesday 30 May 2006
By Greg Stolz
STUDENTS from the Gold Coast's Guardian Angels Primary School are living up to their school's name – helping a group of children from cycone-ravaged Innisfail.
With the catchcry “Cyclone Larry was strong but we're stronger”, the Ashmore Catholic school raised $10,000 to help bring 125 students and teachers from the Good Counsel Primary School in Innisfail down to the Gold Coast for a well-earned holiday.
The visitors arrived yesterday excited but weary after a 26-hour bus trip.
They are being billeted by Guardian Angels families and will spend the next five days whopping it up at theme parks and beaches.
Guardian Angels principal Terry Gimpel said many Innisfail children had endured tremendous hardship and upheaval due to Cyclone Larry and his school had decided to cheer them up.
“They've been through so much and we thought they could use a nice Gold Coast holiday,” he said.
The Variety Club of Queensland contributed $30,000 to charter three buses for the trip and the Warner Village Theme Park group and Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast chipped in with free passes.
Guardian Angels student Katy Dyer, 11, who is billeting Robyn Sedgwick and fellow Good Counsel student Olivia Gallagher, said she was “really excited” about hosting the Innisfail students.
The only downside for Katy is that while the Innisfail kids are enjoying the sun, surf and sights, she and her Guardian Angels schoolmates will still be hard at work in the classroom.