Wide Bay Rodders member Noel Cumner gets some help to polish his 1936 Marlene from Pialba State School students (L) Mitchell Nissan, Maddison Dickens and Charlie Spiteri. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Wide Bay Rodders member Noel Cumner gets some help to polish his 1936 Marlene from Pialba State School students (L) Mitchell Nissan, Maddison Dickens and Charlie Spiteri. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Wide Bay Rodders set $10K charity goal for Show & Shine

THIS time two years ago, Hervey Bay mother Ashleigh Collard was at her wit's end trying to manage three children.

For Ashleigh, her every day battles included convincing her children, including one who has autism, to get dressed and go to bed on time.

When she discovered the Management of Young Children Program (MYCP), run through Pialba State School, she said it completely changed her life.

Wide Bay Rodders member Jeff Neels shows his 1928 Model A Ford Roadster to Pialba State School students (L) Layla Campbell, Kayden Jenkins and Isabella Matthysen. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Wide Bay Rodders member Jeff Neels shows his 1928 Model A Ford Roadster to Pialba State School students (L) Layla Campbell, Kayden Jenkins and Isabella Matthysen. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

"It taught me how to communicate better with my kids and connect with them so they could understand what I was asking them," Ashleigh said.

"It has made such a huge difference, because they have a schedule now and they even go to bed on time."

Pialba school has a special building and teachers dedicated to the MYCP.

The program works by interviewing parents about the issues they are facing with their kids, and giving them strategies to improve their children's behaviour.

These strategies include offering rewards and using games to teach the kids how to behave.

To keep the program running and help other parents in the community, the Wide Bay Rodders are hoping to raise $10,000 over the long weekend of April 29 to May 1, including the club's annual Show and Shine.

Wide Bay Rodders with Pialba State School students. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Wide Bay Rodders with Pialba State School students. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

This year's Show and Shine will be the biggest yet, with 400 hot rods set to be on display next Sunday.

Wide Bay Rodders president Des Batten said car owners would be making the most of the long weekend to reach their fundraising goal.

"Everyone will arrive on Friday night for a hot meal and a bit of a party," Des said.

"And then on Saturday we'll do a big cruise along the esplanade and on Sunday we've got the Show and Shine all day at the (Pialba) school."



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