Muddy brides help kids

Maleny Dairies owners Ross and Sally Hopper hand over the cheque to SunnyKids school worker Becky Hyde, CEO Chris Turner and partnerships manager Kim Holcroft.
Maleny Dairies owners Ross and Sally Hopper hand over the cheque to SunnyKids school worker Becky Hyde, CEO Chris Turner and partnerships manager Kim Holcroft. CONTRIBUTED

A DAY of rolling around in mud on a farm has given 25 children an opportunity to stay in school.

Maleny Dairies owners Ross and Sally Hopper presented a cheque worth $1007.20 to SunnyKids last Thursday.

The funds are the proceeds from the Trash the Wedding Dress family fun day last month.

SunnyKids CEO Chris Turner said the money would go towards their work in schools.

"We provide a social and emotional safety net for kids who are at risk of disengagement," Mr Turner said.

SunnyKids aims to break the intergenerational cycles of poverty and disadvantage and provide the hope and resilience to move forward.

"It is really important for us to develop grassroots partnerships with organisations in our local community," Mr Turner said.

"All of our funding comes from events like this."

Suzie Erdbrink of Maleny Dairies said it cost SunnyKids $40 a year to keep one child in school.

"We look upon the fact that with their money we are able to keep 25 children in school and if you look at it that way it was a real success," she said.

About 30 brides attended the event, and one woman trashed the dress she was married in 39 years ago.

"We had one lady here who had been married 39 years and she actually wore the wedding dress she wore 39 years ago," Mrs Erdbrink said.

"It was her wedding anniversary and she said 'look, my dress is just sitting here in the drawer doing nothing, I want to do something with it and create some fresh memories'."

To find out about their next event, visit their Facebook page or malenydairies.com.

 

SUNNYKIDS

SunnyKids was established in 1999 as a domestic and family violence service on the Coast

SunnyKids believes every child should be able to reach their potential regardless of their circumstances

To donate money to SunnyKids visit sunnykids.org.au/donations.html



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