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Picnic Supporting Drought Affected Families

Every year, the Glennie School Foundation’s ‘Ben’s Pop Up Picnic’ has an exciting twist – guests don’t know where they are going until the morning of the event.

The Ben’s Pop Up Picnic 2018 was held at Reflections at Cooby Dam

Previous locations have included Reflections at Cooby and DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum. This year’s location will not disappoint and is somewhere that the majority of people will not have experienced lunch before.

Chair of The Glennie School Foundation, Mr David Russell, said that as well as a surprise location, this year’s Ben’s Pop Up Picnic has an additional twist. ‘This ongoing devastating drought is really taking its toll on many rural families. Being a boarding school, we have a large rural community within our Glennie family.’

‘Funds raised from this event will go towards supporting our Glennie boarders from drought-declared areas. It is really important to the Foundation Directors that we are able to help our rural families as much as possible,’ Mr Russell said.

Mr Russell said that funds from previous events have made a significant contribution to the education of girls at The Glennie School. ‘The generosity of our Glennie community and also our local business community has enabled us to contribute a significant amount of funds to scholarships at The Glennie School.

‘A scholarship can make a huge difference to a family that may not otherwise be able to afford a Glennie education. Scholarships are a wonderful way to give girls a head start in life,’ Mr Russell said.

The Glennie School Foundation has also been able to make significant contributions to The Glennie School’s Sue Edwards Science Centre and Clive Berghofer Sports Centre. While Glennie girls also benefit from these state of the art facilities every day, the wider
Toowoomba community also benefits from being able to use the facilities, particularly our brilliant new sports centre.

Thanks to event sponsor, Momentum Well Service, Preserve the Moose will be playing. Range Event Hire has also joined as an event sponsor but their involvement will remain a secret until the day. There will be a live auction, raffles, games, prizes, a fashion parade and pop up shop.

Ben’s Pop Up Picnic is named in honour of Archdeacon Benjamin Glennie. Ben’s Pop Up Picnic is being held on Sunday, 20th October, 12:00pm – 4:00pm. The location will remain a secret until the morning of the event. Tickets are $50 and delicious Ploughman’s hampers and discounted drinks are available for pre-order.

Bookings can be made at Follow the event on Facebook at and enquiries can be directed to [email protected] or (07) 4688 8862.

Submitted by:
Tammy Wilson,
Marketing and Community Engagement Manager,
The Glennie School,

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