MORE than $20,000 was raised for state school chaplaincy programs in the Redlands at the annual mayoral prayer breakfast on Friday.
It was an increase of more than $4,000 over the funds raised at last year’s event.
Almost 280 people, including school chaplains, church and school leaders, government representatives, business people and community members, attended the breakfast at the Alexandra Hills Hotel Conference Centre.
Mayor Karen Williams said the annual event had played an important role since its inception in 2003.
“Our schools’ chaplaincy programs deliver vital support and guidance for Redlands students,” she said.
“The chaplains help our young people in important ways as students work to realise their academic potential in a world of social media that never stops and constant connection.”
Cr Williams said the money raised at the breakfast would help Redlands state school chaplains in their work.
“There are six state schools across the Redlands that are still searching for chaplains,” she said.
“The programs run by chaplains make a positive contribution to our state schools and these funds will help that work continue.”