Students take part in One Million Stars project
MUNDUBBERA State School students have been busy weaving stars for an international anti-violence project, with the help of staff, patients and community supporters.
Mundubbera State School principal Peter Townsend said the idea came from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and that it was a good initiative to get involved in.
"The staff and some students in our Year 7 class made the stars. For us the community service component and training our brains to do a new task was a great motivating factor,” Mr Townsend said.
"Also knowing that it is part of a bigger project to raise awareness for ending violence.”
Along with Mundubbera State School, other schools in the region took part and helped make the entire project a success.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service sent off just over 11,300 stars to be included in the One Million Stars Against Violence project, which will become a huge public art installation by artist Maryann Talia Pau at next year's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
WBHHS chief executive officer Adrian Pennington said the One Million Stars goal had been a passion project for a number of staff and supporters.
"Late last year WBHHS decided to take on the challenge of contributing 10,000 stars as a demonstration of our opposition to violence in all its forms,” Mr Pennington said.
"As health professionals, our staff know only too well the impact of violence on our community, so it was wonderful to see them get involved with this project and draw support from that same community.”
The driving forces behind the One Million Stars effort were project management team members Norma Frost and Chris Ilett, who said they had been overwhelmed by the support they had received from staff and the community alike.
"A remarkable 5000 stars were woven by the Bundaberg Hospital Medical Imaging team - all in their own time - plus another 1500 from students taking part in North Bundaberg State High School's anti-bullying program,” Mrs Frost said.
"This project has been a very humbling experience.
"It has brought us into contact with many people who have had their own lives impacted by violence and it was a privilege to spend time with them.”
The One Million Stars will be featured at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.