After what surely must have been one of the most difficult weeks in the 20+ year history of the school, Parklands Christian College staff and students were presented with thank you gifts from the Logan West community today.

Cr Jacob Heremaia and Katrina Christie (Logan West Community Pantry) present gifts to Parklands Christian College Principal, Gary Cully

Within hours of the staff and students being sent into self-isolation at home, a Parklands Appreciation Campaign was started by community group, Park Ridge Connect. Their goal was to give voice to the many community members who were thankful for the way the college responded to put their community first.

The college has received high praise from state MP, Linus Power, and Qld Health for their calm, diligent and professional response to the circumstances they were placed in.

The My Cause page for the campaign received donations and expressions of thanks from community members:

“Thank you Parklands Christian College, principal and staff for keeping us all safe!! Appreciate all you did!!” – Moses FamilySpecial

“Thanks to Principal and Staff of Parklands Christian College and Pastors of Parklands Christian Church for the Excellent and Caring way in which they handled this crisis, preventing transmission to others.” – Nell

“Thank You, Parklands Christian College for responding so soon to this potential health risk.” – Vivien Botha

Councillor Jacob Heremaia added his support to the campaign and opened his after-hours office at Park Ridge Town Centre for people to drop in gifts and goodies to be passed on.

The team at Logan West Community Pantry also joined in, helping source, package and deliver the gifts.

“We love being part of an amazing community that gives back in every situation”, said LWCP organiser, Katrina Christie.

Gifts have come from as far as the north side of Brisbane with one lady making 150 thank you cards for the Parklands staff and driving them down to Park Ridge on the weekend.

Parklands Principal, Gary Cully, was present to receive the first load of gifts today. “We’re so thankful for the loving expressions of support we have received over the last two weeks. It really makes a difference in a difficult time like this, to receive kindness from our community”, he said.

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