Chern’ee Sutton donates one of her paintings to Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch as the major raffle prize.
Chern’ee Sutton donates one of her paintings to Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch as the major raffle prize. Max Fleet

Artist picture of generosity

SCHOOL chaplains will be able to continue the work they do with a little help from a giant raffle, in the lead-up to the Mayoral School Chaplaincy Breakfast held next month.

Among the array of donated prizes stands 14-year-old Chern'ee Sutton's painting Jemen-na, which is her interpretation of “listen”.

“In our teenage lives, when we are troubled all we need is for someone to listen and offer us a helping hand and direction,” she said.

“The hands in this painting show help offered to the dots, which represent teenagers in need of a helping hand.”

Chern'ee donated the painting, which took her two weeks to create, as her way of thanking chaplains for the work they do for youth.

“Without them there would be a lot more teenagers with a lot more problems,” she said.

“As I have shown in my painting, sometimes in life all we need is someone to guide us in the right direction.”

Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch accepted the painting gratefully and said there had been a lot of interest shown in the painting.

“I've had it sitting in my office and I've had lots of great comments,” she said.

Cr Pyefinch said it was “wonderful” that Chern'ee had become involved and supported the chaplain raffle.

“It's fantastic she can devote her talents to such a good cause,” she said.

She said chaplains had an important role in the lives of youth, with more family breakdowns and issues “kids 30 years ago didn't go through”.

“Kids are under a lot more pressure these days,” Cr Pyefinch said.

Kingfisher Bay Resort and Telstra have also given generously to the raffle, with 11 prizes in total to be won.

Tickets are $2 and will be drawn at the Mayoral School Chaplaincy Support Breakfast on May 17.

They will be available for purchase from Bundaberg High School, North Bundaberg Primary School and Yandaran Primary School.

Alternatively, they can be purchased from Bundaberg Regional Council.

Tickets for the chaplaincy breakfast at the Civic Centre are $25 and can be pre-purchased until May 10.