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July 2015 News

$10,000 raised by Prayer Breakfast distributed to worthy causes

  • Written by  TRC
Julie Crosbie (MIFQ) and Geoff Argus (Centacare) with Mayor Paul Antonio Photo: Angus Moffatt

Clients of Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Support (TRAMS, operated by Centacare) and Mental Illness Fellowship Qld - Toowoomba (MIFQ) will see tangible service benefits thanks to the generosity of early risers at this year’s 23rd Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.

Last month, Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio presented a cheque for $7000 to Centacare Toowoomba Director Geoff Argus with $3000, as requested, given to MIFQ Regional manager Julie Crosbie.

Mayor Antonio said Toowoomba area residents again had shown their genuine concern for helping fellow citizens by supporting the annual breakfast.

“This year’s fundraising figure of $10,000 takes the combined tally to more than $260,000 since the inaugural function in 1993,” Mayor Antonio said.

“Thankfully, there are organisations like Centacare and MIFQ that provide practical assistance to people in our community who are trying to find their feet.”

“Each service makes a positive contribution, either to our new residents who are learning how to adjust to life in a new land and culture or others who are seeking help with mental health issues.

“The Mayoral Prayer Breakfast relies totally on a spirit of goodwill from food suppliers, Rumours, TAFE hospitality students plus helpers from St Joseph’s College and St Saviour’s College and a band of loyal business supporters and volunteers.”

“I thank all our foundation backers and continuing supporters for contributing to this year’s function as well as guest speaker Catherine Yeomans, Mission Australia CEO.”

Centacare Toowoomba Director Geoff Argus said TRAMS would use the funds for existing programs, especially volunteer-run programs, that help migrants and refugees become self-reliant in the community.

MIFQ Regional manager Julie Crosbie said the money would help fund transport for clients to visit a range of services, events and find or continue in employment.

Senior Minister Rangeville Community Church and organising committee chairman Pastor Andrew Hoey also thanked all volunteers and suppliers for their continued support.

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