Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Taking It to the Streets; Chaplains Volunteer to Patrol CBD to Help Youths Stay out of Strife

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Taking It to the Streets; Chaplains Volunteer to Patrol CBD to Help Youths Stay out of Strife

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Janessa Ekert

janessa.ekert@dailymercury.com.au

A SCHOOL nurse, a beekeeper and a British ex-pat are among the new Mackay Street Chaplain volunteers.

Helping people is a passion for Bree Bates-Wagstaff. So when she read about the street chaplains, she immediately made contact with committee president Reverend Ann Dittmar-McCollim.

And as a result, Ms Bates-Wagstaff was one of 12 new volunteers undertaking training at St PaulCOs Uniting Church at the weekend.

C[pounds sterling]ICOve done chaplaincy in the hospitals and in the streets in England,C[yen] Ms Bates-Wagstaff said.

C[pounds sterling]ThatCOs where my heart is all the time ... helping people.C[yen]

The 12 new recruits will swell chaplain numbers to a total of 42.

C[pounds sterling]WeCOre building up the numbers,C[yen] Rev Dittmar-McCollim said.

C[pounds sterling]TheyCOve been very enthusiastic ... theyCOre very keen.C[yen]

Rev Dittmar-McCollim said any first impressions of the chaplains being C[pounds sterling]a bunch of amateursC[yen] had been fast laid to rest. …

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