Friday, July 26, 2024

Mayoral brekky feeds Safer Toowoomba funds

The proceeds of this year’s Toowoomba Mayoral Prayer Breakfast have today been presented to regional charity, Safer Toowoomba Regional Partnerships Inc (STRP).

Mayor, Geoff McDonald presented a cheque for $8728.30 to STRP Crime Prevention and Community Safety Focus Group members, Lindsay Hornery, Kaye Lindsay and Jamie Deacon.

Mayor McDonald praised the group’s work, in particular the recent Community Connect initiative that was devised by the Focus Group to encourage residents to meet their neighbours and forge stronger community ties.

“An inaugural Wilsonton Heights Community Connect event saw residents mingling casually and meeting with community support agencies,” the Mayor said.

“The events are organised to break down barriers, overcome loneliness and promote wellbeing across our communities. It is a simple idea that hopes to have many positive benefits across different neighbourhoods.

“I thank everyone who attended the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast for contributing to this year’s fundraising.

“I’m grateful for the contribution of all suppliers, many of whom have backed the breakfast since its inception. Their support in trying business conditions underlines their commitment and unwavering generosity.”

Since its inception, the function has raised more than $326,000 for regional charities.

The Mayor also acknowledged the Toowoomba Mayoral Prayer Breakfast organising committee chair Pastor Andrew Hoey, Senior Minister at Rangeville Community Church and his committee, speakers and performers, Rumours, the TAFE Queensland South West staff and their hospitality students and student volunteers from St Saviour’s and St Joseph’s Colleges for their contributions.

Volunteers from the State Emergency Service also helped on the morning.

“I look forward to another successful event in 2025,” he said.

STRP executive committee member, Lindsay Hornery said the funds would support future Community Connect events.

“Through forums and community engagement, it was highlighted that building on the social connections in our local communities can generate improved outcomes in health and wellbeing, increase safety and help people better respond to challenges and opportunities,” Mrs Hornery said.

The charity was established in 2000 with its main activities directed through community service organisations.

Overseen by an 11-member executive management team, STRP relies strongly on links formed by meeting regularly with community organisations holding a charter that is aligned to improving the health and safety of the Region’s residents.

The organisation facilitates the management of several focus groups and services, such as Graffitistop, Wilsonton Community Art Gallery and the Wilsonton Heights Neighbourhood Centre.

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