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May 2015 News

Prayer Breakfast highlighting community work

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
CEO of Mission Australia, Catherine Yeomans

Catherine Yeomans, the CEO of Mission Australia, is the guest speaker for this year’s 2015 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, May 12 at Rumours International.

“As CEO of one of the country’s largest not-for-profit organisations, Catherine Yeomans has an inspiring personal story and an impressive career progression, particularly with Mission Australia,” said Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio.

“Along with a strong personal faith, Catherine heads one of Australia’s biggest non-denominational Christian not-for-profit bodies which works to help people in all manner of need.”

Mayor Antonio also announced proceeds from the 23rd annual function would be split between Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Support (TRAMS) and Mental Illness Fellowship Qld - Toowoomba (MIFQ).

““TRAMS has played an integral role in resettling migrants and refugees in the Toowoomba community for 10 years,” he said.

“It provides a welcoming place where former refugees and migrants can meet fellow countrymen and women but also learn about, and integrate with, Australians and people from other faiths and cultures.”

“Toowoomba is a declared Refugee Welcome Zone and TRAMS does vital work to bring that vision to reality,” he added.

MIFQ supports people in the community who have mental health conditions.

“Too often these people deal with social isolation, poor physical health and a lack of public transport,” said Mayor Antonio.

“MIFQ organises a range of inclusive groups designed to assist people build trust, learn new skills and establish new friendships.”

The Mayor said the Prayer Breakfast highlights the everyday work of many community and charity groups that often go unnoticed by the wider community.

“Thankfully, the Toowoomba region is blessed with a strong network of committed organisations and people who are ready and willing to assist people through difficult periods.”

Tickets for the 2015 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast are $22 for adults and $12 for school-age children.

Tickets can be purchased at Council’s Little Street Customer Service Centre in Toowoomba from 8.30am to 5pm on weekdays or by calling 131 872 or via www.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au

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