Petero supports chaplaincy cause at Rockhampton dinner

DURING his rugby league career, Petero Civoniceva learnt the importance of good mentors.

Now he's fighting for Queensland kids to get the support they need to help tackle challenges in life.

Petero was guest speaker last Friday at the Frontline CQ Chaplaincy Dinner, which celebrated the work of school chaplains.

Petero said it was "very humbling" to hear the stories of people who have been given a helping hand by their school chaplain.

He said the chaplains were there to offer guidance to students during difficult times.

"As a community we need to stand behind (school chaplains) and make sure we support them all the way because they play such a vital role in our school system," Petero said.

"We live in a society now that is just so fast paced, just being able to sit down with someone and talk can bring a lot of comfort."

He said the event was aimed at highlighting this good work.

"It's such a selfless role," he said. "(The chaplains) sacrifice so much in order to be there and to help others."

Scripture Union Queensland chief executive officer Peter James said about 140 people attended the event.

Mr James said school chaplains received federal funding of $20,000 per school, per year which allowed chaplains to be in school two hours for two days.

He hoped the event would raise funds to keep chaplains in school for more than seven hours a day.

"To get the level of support and service that we think works best, there's a bit of fundraising involved," he said.

"It's tough times for people ... we know and respect that.

"But the kids are doing it tough too and when it's tough, they need their chaplains."



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