The Road Ahead Sampler : August September 2011
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEP 2011 8 COMMUNITY RACQ FOUNDATION THE RACQ FOUNDATION, with a total funding of $8 million, was set up following Queensland's prolific spate of natural disasters with the primary purpose to help affected communities recover and charitable organisations to provide ongoing assistance to flood and cyclone victims. Now that the rebuild effort is in full swing, RACQ Foundation assistance payments are playing a significant role in the recovery process for community and welfare organisations throughout the state. One such organisation is Challenge Employment and Training in Ipswich, a welfare group which has been helping out the local community's most disadvantaged residents for more than 35 years. The $70,500 funding received from the RACQ Foundation is being used to rebuild and refurbish their Ipswich office, which was badly damaged in the January floods, and fund a 22-seater passenger bus to assist with flood recovery projects. Challenge Employment and Training general manager Katrina Mackenzie said the foundation donation had come at a critical time and was helping to improve the morale of their clients and 80 staff members. "The guys who are working on the re-building have a spring in their step," Ms Mackenzie said. "A lot of people in Ipswich and Goodna were knocked sideways by the flood and many have lost vehicles or are not able to afford petrol -- which is why we applied for a bus. We can pick people up from the train station and take them to the training facility. "Without the kindness of organisations such as the RACQ Foundation, I don't know where we'd be. I've been a member of RACQ for 25-plus years and I've never been more proud of it." The Kath Dickson Family Centre in Toowoomba is another not-for- profit organisation helped by RACQ Foundation funding, receiving $161,520 to re-establish services, repair playground equipment and replace assets and vehicles to support community services in flood-affected areas. The centre has a long history of educating, serving and protecting local children and families and the damage to their building and loss of two of their vehicles significantly impacted on their ability to deliver services to people at a time when they were needed more than ever. Acting CEO Dr Lisa Hudson said she first became aware of water entering their Ruthven Street headquarters when More than six months after the damage and havoc caused by the widespread Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi, the RACQ Foundation is assisting Queenslanders to get back on their feet. STOR OR OR R RY BELINDA A A PETERS STU RILEY MAIN PHOTO: REFURBISHING THE CHALLENGE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OFFICE. TOWNSVILLE AEROMODELLERS' SOCIETY AT PLAY.
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