Essential items go to those in need
THE Capricorn Coast community "turned out in droves" recently to help the shire's needy at the Community Centre Open Day.
Livingstone Shire Council donated about $3500 worth of items from the generous community, which was part of Anti-Poverty Week, and gave residents a chance to learn about the most vulnerable people in our area and how locals could help.
Community development and support Councillor Jan Kelly said the generosity of the community was overwhelming.
"As part of Anti-Poverty Week we asked our community to donate specific items and they turned out in droves to help those in need," Cr Kelly said. "The Community Centre received 40 pairs of children's shoes, around $2600 in toiletries including shampoo and toothpaste and around $1800 of sanitary items as part of the Share The Dignity campaign, which targets homeless women.
"These items have now been distributed to four groups, Roseberry Community Services through Jack's House, the Women's Health Centre, The Salvation Army Capricorn Coast and Capricorn Coast Hospital and Health Service."
Colleen Tribe, from Roseberry Community Services, said the donations would go towards programs like Jack's House, which helped local youths who were homeless or at risk of homelessness.
"Youth homelessness is a scourge right around the country and the Capricorn Coast and Central Queensland are not immune.
"The donations we have received will ensure we are able to provide some comfort to those who need our services and we would like to thank the generous community and Livingstone Shire Council staff at the Community Centre for their support."
Residents who need help or would like to offer help can visit or contact the Community Centre at 80 John St.