Bruce and Jill Crampton are preparing for the fourth annual Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.
Bruce and Jill Crampton are preparing for the fourth annual Mayoral Prayer Breakfast. Renee Pilcher

Annual event brings unity

BRIGADIER Jim Wallace served with distinction in the Australian Army for many years after graduating from Duntroon, the British Army Staff College and the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies.

Now retired, he will be the guest speaker at next year’s Gympie Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.

In its fourth year, the breakfast brings together our community for a morning to celebrate our differences and our common bonds.

Brig Wallace, who commanded the Special Air Services Regiment and the Army’s mechanised brigade, and served with the United Nations in the Middle East, will speak about his years in defence.

He is a respected commentator on defence and strategic matters and brings a valuable perspective to the Council as a recently serving and highly credible senior Australian Defence Force officer.

Prayer Breakfast organisers, Bruce and Jill Crampton, have recently returned from the National Prayer Breakfast at Parliament House, Canberra.

“The MC at the National Prayer Breakfast and former Deputy Premier of NSW Bruce Baird, made a point of asking for Bruce and Jill were in the audience before remarking that Gympie’s Prayer Breakfast was one of the most successful that are held.

“One of the ministers speaking said, which I think is very important, ‘the values I learnt as a child are the values I bring into parliament with me’,” Jill said.

“The Mayoral Prayer Breakfast we try and bring to Gympie speakers with values because it is true – the values you learn as a child are the values you will take into whatever your career is.”

She said Brig Wallace left the Army at a very high rank because of the urgent need he felt to support our politicians, regardless of party, trying to fight for good values to remain.

“He keeps aware of bills going through which need support,” she said.