In July 2017, the South Coast Schools Ministry Support Group  was presented with a Community Impact Award recognising the positive impact they are making in the local community.
For over twenty years they have raised funds to support SMG’s Chaplaincy and wellbeing services at Victor Harbor R-7 School, Port Elliot Primary School, Goolwa Primary School and Victor Harbor High School.
Liz Edwards, School Counsellor at Victor Harbor R-7 nominated the South Coast Schools Ministry Support Group for the Community Impact Award.
“They’ve been able to bring people together to understand better why it is that we have Chaplains in schools and how we can actually support children. They reach out to their congregations, the business community and individuals within the whole South Coast. People are touched by what they do. We’ve had people wanting to provide families with care packages, food, vouchers and multitudinous ways to be able to support families that are struggling at different times. They are a voluntary group of people who meet regularly, and their impact is vast. They are the backbone that enables the Chaplains to do the work with those most marginalised and most in need,” said Liz.
SMG Ambassador Brenton Ragless and Marg Green from Beyond Bank – Award Sponsor presented South Coast Schools Ministry Support Group representatives Graeme Leske, Jan Francis and Betty Greaves with the SMG Community Impact Award in front of 500 guests.