School dedicates parade to emergency services

Parademics Mark Ward, Senior Constable Mark McLaughlin, deputy local controller Sandy Bell, deputy group leader state emergency services Tamborine Mountain Paul Hinchcliffe, Beaudesert SES member Brody Murphy, Harry Beyne- Ambulance and students Griffyn Fletcher and Jessica Northey.
Parademics Mark Ward, Senior Constable Mark McLaughlin, deputy local controller Sandy Bell, deputy group leader state emergency services Tamborine Mountain Paul Hinchcliffe, Beaudesert SES member Brody Murphy, Harry Beyne- Ambulance and students Griffyn Fletcher and Jessica Northey.

A SCENIC Rim school has acknowledged emergency services’ work in the community, especially for the help given during the floods in March.

Canungra State School staff, parents and community members met in the hall on Tuesday, May 7 and welcomed several guests from Queensland Ambulance Service, State Emergency Services (SES) and Canungra police.

Students Griffyn Fletcher and Jessica Northey thanked organisations, including Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, for their assistance and presented them with a certificate of appreciation.

“We’d like to acknowledge what our emergency services do, not only during natural disasters, but every day,” they said.

“Whether it was saving people from floods, helping them from trapped cars or houses, saving badly injured people, repairing damaged areas or something else, everyone contributed to helping someone in need.”

Beaudesert SES member Brody Murphy accepting a donation from student Reece Gorman.

Beaudesert SES member Brody Murphy accepting a donation from student Reece Gorman.

Canungra Ambulance Station officer-in-charge Harry Beyne said the event was a chance to meet with the community.

“It was a good opportunity to see representatives from those organisations and to show the school that they’re here for the community to assist at any time,” he said.

Principal Kylie Todhunter said it was important for the school to show gratitude towards the people who put themselves and their lives at risk for others.

“A parent approached me with the idea of an appreciation ceremony and as we had students who were flooded and required support, I thought it was a great idea,” she said.

School students also donated funds towards SES on the day.