The work of HumeRidge volunteers in our annual working bee on January 28 was again inspirational. More than 150 people made up of past and current parents; past and current students; our staff and people who have no connection to CHSHS worked side by side on a hot day to give our grounds the ‘shot in the arm’ sorely needed after a long hot school holiday. People came with their mowers, whipper snippers, pruners, paintbrushes and goodwill to mow, paint picnic tables and basketball backboards, re-lacquer handrails and steps, prune shrubs, weed gardens, clean gutters on low roofs, clean drains, concrete paths, and landscape new gardens. This work occurred at both our mainstream and Flexi campuses with Flexi the beneficiary of a very green backyard as opposed to the previously existing concrete. Sincere thanks to all who participated and to Ross Savill, former parent and youth pastor at Hume Ridge who co-ordinates this effort with us each year and to former Centenary Heights graduate Jamie Patikura who co-ordinated the effort at our Flexi campus and sourced the funding through HumeRidge to cover the cost of the excavator to break up the original concrete. This work makes untold difference to our groundkeepers who, without this ‘kickstart’ could not hope to even catch up after the holiday let alone enhance facilities. It really is something to see wider community in action!
Our sincere thanks also to Toowoomba East Rotary, one of our CHSHS significant partners, from whom funds for the soil and grass were sourced to make up the Flexi back yard and also provided seven volunteers at the working bee.