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8 December, 2022

Beautiful gesture by Ramsay students

The Christmas cheer is well and truly being shared by the preps and year 1s at Ramsay State School, who have been busy wrapping presents to be given to the children who have to spend this Christmas at Toowoomba Base Hospital.

Oliver (bottom right) is joined by his classmates as they loaded 70 gifts in a car to be transported to the Toowoomba Hospital.

The idea came through a collaboration between parent Jo Sandy, the school and Toowoomba Hospital.

Jo’s son Oliver, a student at Ramsay State School, has faced many health challenges throughout his young life and thus mother and son both know first hand how difficult it can be for families when children are in hospital during the Christmas period.

Money was first raised at the markets held at the Hodgsonvale Community Sports club recently.

At a stall featuring a range of items selling for $1 or $2, an amazing figure, $700, was raised.

Items not sold at the markets went to Ramsay State School, where the community came together to buy some more, raising a further $340.

With the help of P-1 classroom teacher Tennille Kauter, students tied the gift giving into their curriculum, using their maths skills to add up the figures and their art skills to decorate wrapping paper.

The gifts include toys, lolly bags and lucky dips.

Jo Sandy said she was grateful and “really blessed” to be part of such a kind community. 

Oliver’s classmate Nina perhaps summed up the experience best: “all the presents will make people happy.”

The gifts will be distributed to between 12 and 20 children leading up to Christmas Day.

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