ICare for shire families in need

LOCAL organisations and groups will have a streamlined way to donate items to residents in need as part of a new council and community-driven initiative, the ICare Community Project.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the Community Centre found there were community members, groups and businesses who wanted to donate money and items to support local men, women and children experiencing significant financial and personal stress.

"The project evolved through community conversations, leading to a desire to encourage shire residents not to give up hope and to have a sense of community support when experiencing hardship,” Cr Ludwig said.

"The project has already assisted seven families.

"I must thank our fantastic Community Centre staff for all their tireless work connecting with people who are seeking help during tough times, but also the wide variety of community organisations, local businesses and individuals who help to make projects like this happen.”

Community development councillor Jan Kelly said the contributing community groups included the police, Relationships Australia, Yeppoon Choral Society, Guides Australia Trefoil Guild, St Vincent de Paul, Rockhampton Women's Health Centre, Anglican Parish of Keppel and Anglicare, to name a few.

"The centre also accepted donations for other programs connected to the ICare Community Project, including Share the Dignity, Alternative Learning Spaces, Operations Education, Dignity First Project (laundry washroom facility) and the Yeppoon Salvation Army,” Cr Kelly said.

"We find that the items most helpful for these programs include women's and men's personal hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, school supplies and washing powder.”

The council would also like to thank 2017 Pinefest Ambassador Quest winner Tennielle Healy, who donated her fundraising to this cause.

If you'd like to donate or find out eligibility details, please phone 4913 3840 or drop in to the Community Centre, 80 John St, during business hours.

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