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BUSHkids and St Vinnies get a boost with Casual for a Cause

Southern Downs Regional Council’s Mayor, Cr Tracy Dobie has presented the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme and the St Vincent de Paul Cornerstone Program with donations totalling almost $500.00, raised by Council staff through its ‘Casual for a Cause’ initiative.

Ian Mace, President of Friends of BUSHKids Warwick, gratefully accepted the donation on behalf of the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme and the BUSHkids program.

“I’m very pleased to accept this donation and these funds will go towards the delivery of the various programs and services offered by BUSHkids in Warwick,” he said.

The Friends of BUSHKids is a group of 20 local professionals that support BUSHkids, through funding efforts and clinical programs.

In response to the Casual for a Cause donation, Jackie Doyle, Housing and Homelessness Support Worker, said the St Vincent de Paul Cornerstone Program is very pleased to receive this financial assistance.

“We’re going use the donation towards the upgrade of our men’s hostel and we’d really like to thank the Council staff for their donations and for being so community supportive and community minded,” she said.

Mayor Dobie said BUSHkids and the St Vincent de Paul Cornerstone Program were the latest local not for profit community organisations nominated by staff to receive donations under the ‘Casual for a Cause’ initiative.

“Council staff dress down on Fridays and donate throughout the year to worthy causes and it gives me great pleasure to present these donations on behalf of staff to these worthy recipients.

“It’s wonderful to be able to support organisations such as BUSHKIDS, which offers a range of Allied Health and complimentary services tailored to meet the needs of individual children and their families, as well as the Cornerstone program, which supports and assists people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to access safe, affordable and stable accommodation and to overcome associated barriers,” she said.

“Council’s Casual for a Cause initiative provides an avenue for staff to show their support and appreciation for those organisations which provide such important services to our communities, and to date this initiative has raised $4876.65,” said Cr Dobie.

The Warwick Animal Welfare Association will be the recipient of the Casual for a Cause staff donations collected throughout February.

L-R: Cr Cameron Gow (SDRC), Linda Cholawinskyj (BUSHkids), Mayor Tracy Dobie (SDRC), and Ian Mace (Friends of BUSHkids)

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L-R: Mayor Tracy Dobie (SDRC), Jackie Doyle (St Vincent de Paul), Deputy Mayor Jo McNally (SDRC), Dale Mann (St Vincent de Paul)

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