A bus filled with staff and friends of Toowoomba Catholic Schools headed south-west on 27 October for the organised event, Support Stanthorpe Sunday.

The group had fun shopping locally for an hour and a half at businesses who have specifically opened for that morning, before all embarking on a busy itinerary visiting local tourist destinations.

“It was a busy day, and everyone had a lovely time Christmas shopping, sampling and buying our local produce and soaking up our warm hospitality,” says Angie Sims from St Joseph’s School, Stanthorpe, who organsied the itinerary with the local business owners. “We visited Jamworks, Brass Monkey Brew House, Washpool Farm Soaperie, Ballandean Estate Wines, Ashburn Strawberry Farms, Stanthorpe Cheese and Sutton’s Juice Factory Cider and Café,” said Angie.

The trip was not just about having fun, it was organised to show support to the families of St Joseph’s School, Stanthorpe, the parish and the wider community as they struggle with the drought, and the aftermath of the bush fires. It was also an opportunity for Toowoomba Catholic Schools community to show some friendly faces, share a smile, laugh whilst Christmas shopping, drinking coffee, wine tasting, trying out chocolates, and other local produce. The visitors are very keen on coming back to do it all again, and support and always give a helping hand to their local community.