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Adopt-a-Fam­ily suc­cess

ANGLICARE Cen­tral Queens­land wishes to thank the Banana Shire com­mu­nity for your kind gen­eros­ity in pro­vid­ing Christ­mas ham­pers for the 2018 Adopt-a-Fam­ily ap­peal.

Each year we work to en­sure that all fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als in our com­mu­nity feel con­nected over the hol­i­day sea­son.

We’ve been over­whelmed by the con­tin­ued kind­ness of lo­cal busi­nesses, groups and in­di­vid­ual fam­i­lies that spon­sored or sup­ported the 2018 ap­peal.

Anglicare CQ thanks ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted in any way: work­ing to­gether as a com­mu­nity, we’ve achieved much more than we could have alone.

We wish you and your fam­i­lies a safe and happy 2019.

Re­gards,

— Anglicare CQ Biloela staff

Thank you for sup­port­ing a cancer free fu­ture

I AM writ­ing to ex­press my deep­est thanks to the Cen­tral Queens­land com­mu­nity for its strong sup­port of Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land in 2018.

More than $646,340 was raised this year through count­less fundrais­ing events and gen­er­ous do­na­tions.

Thanks to you, we can con­tinue to in­vest in life­sav­ing cancer re­search, preven­tion and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams and sup­port ser­vices.

This year, more than 464 peo­ple af­fected by cancer in Cen­tral Queens­land were sup­ported through our in­for­ma­tion and sup­port line (13 11 20), and our re­gional sup­port staff, who of­fer in­for­ma­tion and care in a time of need.

We have also been able to pro­vide wigs and tur­bans free of charge to lo­cal women who have lost their hair dur­ing treat­ment, ac­com­mo­da­tion for re­gional peo­ple trav­el­ling for life­sav­ing treat­ment, trans­port to med­i­cal ap­point­ments and treat­ment and coun­selling to peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­enced dis­tress.

To all our sup­port­ers – we wish you and your loved ones a healthy, happy and safe fes­tive sea­son and look for­ward to your con­tin­ued sup­port in 2019.

With your help, we can be there for all Queens­lan­ders af­fected by cancer ev­ery minute, ev­ery hour, ev­ery day. If you, or a loved one, need sup­port and in­for­ma­tion af­ter cancer di­ag­no­sis, phone 13 11 20 or visit can­cerqld.org.au.

— Chris McMil­lan Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land

With­out change NDIS won’t suc­ceed

DUR­ING this last year we have reached a tip­ping point with Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme.

En­deav­our Foun­da­tion has now tran­si­tioned more than half of the 4000 peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity we sup­port the scheme, a mile­stone we share with many other ser­vice providers.

How­ever, peo­ple with dis­abil­ity con­tinue to face dis­crim­i­na­tion out in the com­mu­nity and in the work­place, where they are nearly twice as likely to be un­em­ployed as peo­ple with­out dis­abil­ity.

En­deav­our Foun­da­tion be­lieves in sup­port­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­ity to have the op­por­tu­nity and dig­nity to work, to be able to live more in­de­pen­dently and to lead ful­fill­ing lives as ac­tive mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

The NDIS is trans­for­ma­tional and pro­vides the nec­es­sary fund­ing to im­prove sup­port ser­vices for par­tic­i­pants in the scheme but it can only go so far.

It is now up to all Aus­tralians to en­rich our so­ci­ety by em­brac­ing peo­ple of dif­fer­ing abil­i­ties be­cause with­out real so­ci­etal change, the NDIS won’t suc­ceed.

There has been much to cel­e­brate this last year and there re­mains much more to do along­side peo­ple with dis­abil­ity in 2019.

— David Curd In­terim CEO En­deav­our Foun­da­tion

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