BRIAN BERRY made a promise to his wife Myra in her final days to continue her great work in the community.
A few weeks ago he honoured his pledge and now hundreds of under-privileged students across Logan will be the benefactors.
Logan Diggers Services Club was a warm home to Myra and Brian for many years and so it was fitting it was at the club where he handed over cheques for $40,000 each to five selected local schools.
For the cheque presentations the Diggers hosted a morning tea where Brian made the donations to Woodridge State School, Logan City Special School, Mabel Park State School, Mabel Park State High School, and Berrinba State School.
“Setting up this fund honours the 25 years of work by Myra and doing the presentations here also acknowledges the support that the Diggers Services Club gave to Myra,” he said.
“My father didn’t allow me to continue my education just when I was beginning to realise the value of a good education, so these donations will help ensure that many students won’t suffer the sort of problems I faced,” he said.
“We do not want to see any situation affect any young person today who is keen to complete his or her education.”
Principal of Woodridge State School Julie Canham said the money will go towards building a whole new play area for preps and first graders including a plaque in Myra’s memory.
Julie said the generosity was overwhelming and it was so wonderful to see someone really invest in our students and their futures.
Mabel Park State High School Principal Trent Cowley said their gift would go towards new laptops to ensure students weren’t disadvantaged in becoming digitally savvy.
“Many of our students are unable to afford technology so this money will go a long way in helping our students,” he said.
Logan City Special School has put the money towards a new bus for excursions and community-based learning.
The Logan City Special School Business Manager Sue Prior said being a special school, their kids needed to get out and experience life in the real world.
Mabel Park State School Principal Glenn Chippendale said the money will be put towards play equipment that is accessible for students with disabilities.
Glenn said in his 25 years of being involved with education he had never received a donation to this extent.
“The most important thing for me is ensuring that we honour and do justice to Myra’s legacy for Brian,” Chippendale said.
Berrinba State School Principal Steve Kanowski said the money will be used to establish a community hub within the school to help needy families to support their children.
“What we’ve come to understand is that for kids to thrive, our parents need to thrive.”
“This cash allows us to set up that community hub and bring in external agencies and services to support families,” Kanowski said.
Diggers Services Club operations manager Tanya Fawcett said Myra was a lovely lady and touched a lot of people.
“A day never goes by here where we don’t think of her and her ability to help anyone who needed it,” Fawcett said.