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Raising vital funds so school chaplains can
continue supporting youth and children in Queensland

Frontline Chaplaincy Appeal Dinner


Monday 21 October 2019

600 Gregory Tce Bowen Hills

For over 26 years, our children and young people have been supported by a team of passionate, dedicated, hope-filled people. Our chaplains have served faithfully and we celebrate their achievements and look to continue supporting them as they work with Queensland’s young people in the years ahead.

The Frontline Chaplaincy Appeal Dinner will be an evening of spectacular entertainment, wonderful company and delicious food.

Most importantly, you’ll hear inspirational stories from students and chaplains on the ‘frontline’ of our schools. You will also have the opportunity to invest in this vital initiative to support the social, emotional and spiritual needs of our children. 

You can impact young lives for many more generations to come.

Anna Meares OAM

Keynote Speaker

Growing up in the small Queensland mining town of Middlemount, Anna was inspired to become a cyclist by her sister Kerrie after they watched Kathy Watt win the cycling gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Despite the nearest cycling track being 300kms away in Mackay, Anna started cycling competitively that year – at the age of 11.

Anna’s dedication and years of training paid off. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, she became the youngest Australian track cyclist to win Olympic gold, setting a new world and Olympic record in the Women’s 500 metre time trial before winning bronze in the Women’s Sprint. Anna was later awarded an Order of Australia medal for her achievement.

In January 2008, Anna sustained a hairline fracture to her C2 vertebrae following an accident at the Los Angeles World Cup, which very nearly left her a quadriplegic.

Just 10 days later, a determined Anna was back on her bike. Four and a half months later, she eclipsed the Olympic qualifying time set by selectors in the 200 metre sprint at the Melbourne time trials (almost a personal best time). At the Beijing Olympics, Anna won the silver medal in the Women’s Individual Sprint, the only Olympic medal won by an Australian Cyclist in any cycling discipline.



SCAT! They play jazz. This four-piece band (vocals, keys, drums, double bass) does for jazz what bubbles do for soda-pop. Original tunes, tasty standards, clever arrangements, brilliant musicianship and serious humour is a package that audiences can’t get enough of. SCAT’s live show fronted by vocalist Craig Burnett is a unique blend of accessible sounds, instrumental mastery, lyric riffing, crowd interaction and off-beat humour. Craig believes their greatest and most frequent compliment says it all, “I don’t usually like jazz, but I love what you do!”

Their shiny new album “Wash Day Miracle” demonstrates the depth of their creativity and breadth of their appeal. The album was launched to sellout shows in Brisbane and is gaining momentum online and in store.

Whilst SCAT frequently stage their own sell-out shows they have also supported music icons such as James Morrison, The Whitlams, Delirious, Steven Curtis-Chapman, Monica Trapaga and Grace Knight.

Phil Smith

Master of Ceremonies

Former ABC reporter, Air Force Officer and broadcaster, Phil Smith is a gifted speaker and storyteller. His journeys have taken him to the wild and wonderful corners of our globe, from the Artic Circle to the Korean border, to Tonga and Timor.

Today, he divides his time between the BELLS faith community on the Sunshine Coast and serving on the pastoral care team at Unity College.

We look forward to welcoming Phil to Frontline 2018.

Hosting a table at the Frontline
Chaplaincy Appeal Dinner, Brisbane

Guests generally are invited by a Table Host, who has generously committed to inviting a table of 10 to attend the dinner and are people who are passionate about the work chaplains do in schools and want to see children supported and nurtured as the grow.

There is no up front ticket fee for attending the Frontline Appeal Dinner. Generally guests are invited to make a donation at the end of the evening that would not only cover the cost of their meal but also generously support the work of chaplaincy across the State.  Guests can specifically direct their gift to support their local chaplain and school.

5 simple steps to hosting a table:

1. Confirm you can host a table with Yvette Atkins

2. Make a list of colleagues who you would like to invite to the Dinner.
A table is made up of 10 people. Make it clear to your colleagues that while the dinner is provided free of charge compliments of SU QLD, this is a fundraising dinner to improve the lives of Queensland youth. So please invite those with a capacity to give generously on the night.

3. Invite these people to the Dinner by 14 September using the Frontline brochure.

4. As each of your guests confirm their attendance, email their contact details to Yvette Atkins.
They will be sent the relevant event information. Yvette will need their names and email addresses, and, if possible their postal addresses and phone numbers. Again, please pass on each individual's details as they confirm with you—don't wait until you have a full table.

5. All guests will receive a confirmation reminder before the event.


Your gift will make a real difference for children and young people.


Many thank to our sponsors whose generous support enables this dinner to be a success each year.