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Posted on 11 April, 2017 at 4:50 Comments comments (16)

SOUTH Toowoomba Apex Club had the opportunity to donate money fundraised through a Bunnings BBQ event to the Blind Citizens Australia, Toowoomba Branch, known as BCA.

Club president Sarah-Jane MacDonald and Secretary, Georgia Soutar attended Newtown Rose Garden on Saturday, April 1 2017, where they presented Joyce Jones, President of BCA, Toowoomba Branch with a cheque for over $1,500.00.

This donation was welcomed by the Toowoomba Blind Citizens Association,

as they were not able to run the BBQ themselves, but attended on the day with their guide dogs.

Blind Citizens Toowoomba (BCA) is a branch of Blind citizens Australia, the peak organisation advocating for access and equity for people who are blind or vision impaired.

South Toowoomba Apex Club President, Sarah-Jane MacDonald said: “Our club is always looking for ways to support local community organisations in any way we can.”

“When we heard that BCA Toowoomba were looking for assistance to run a fundraising event, we were more than happy to help.”

Joyce Jones, President of BCA Toowoomba stated the money would be used for: “Outreach work to people who are losing their sight and to act as a conduit to the main service providers and community organisations. We also work closely with Guide Dogs Queensland and often hold joint meetings to monitor their services to our members. We are always available to anyone with blindness and vision impairment and we also hold social gatherings.”

When asked about important issues for Blind people in Toowoomba, Joyce Jones said: “In Toowoomba we are working for better access to our Transit Centre in Neil Street.

We are also going to work with Toowoomba Regional Council for better access to their web site, and to information about their services. We need funding to pay for bus fares and taxi fares around Toowoomba and district to reach our members, and to get to Brisbane on important issues.”

The South Toowoomba Apex Club is a volunteer service organisation that offers fellowship, fun and opportunities for personal development. Club Secretary Georgia Soutar said: “We raise money for charity, provide practical assistance to those in need, and promote citizenship and community spirit. We have been serving the Toowoomba Community for over 50 years.”

Joyce Jones said: “South Toowoomba Apex has run two sausage sizzles for us and have supplied us with valuable capital, the business of running fundraising events is difficult for us. We greatly appreciate Toowoomba Apex for doing the work for us, and Bunnings for providing the venue. It is a wonderful community service.”



Posted on 10 July, 2016 at 23:40 Comments comments (4)


The South Toowoomba Apex Club had their 50th Annual Change Over Dinner on 9th of July at Gips Restaurant in Toowoomba. The Club celebrated 50 years of service to the community with a winter wonderland themed ball. As part of the festivities of the night outgoing President Georgia Soutar made a presentation to the RSPCA donating $500 for new equipment and $500 to Rosie’s Friends of the Street for a portable fridge and freezer. Annette Skaines from Rosie’s Friends of the Street was Guest Speaker for the evening and thanked the club for getting involved and running a community outreach BBQ once a month with Rosie’s.

At the event the Club sold raffle tickets, with all of the prizes donated by local businesses. The Club was able to raise over $1,000.00 on the night which they will use to buy and donate non-perishable supplies to the Rockville State School Breakfast Club. Councilor Megan, O’Hara Sullivan attended the event and Former Attorney General Kerry Shine was also in attendance. The club was lucky enough to have some of their Past Members and Life Members present on the evening as there was a surprise presentation ceremony for Life Membership to Steve Woods, who upon his recent retirement from the Club had been an active member for 19 years. Incoming President Sarah-Jane MacDonald said “I look forward to the next 12 months of Apex continuing to support our local community.”

Over the last 50 years the South Toowoomba Apex Club has completed over 50,000.00 hours of community service to the Toowoomba Community through various service projects.

If you would like any more information about the South Toowoomba Apex or would like to join, please visit


 Fay Stein, Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Georgia Soutar & Annette Skaines at the South Toowoomba Apex 50th Annual Change Over


Relationship building with Rosies, friends on the street!

Posted on 16 November, 2015 at 18:20 Comments comments (0)

On Sunday, 15 November 2015, Club President, Georgia, along with members, Rachel, Matthew and Sarah-Jane, attended with Rosies Volunteers at Clewley Park, Toowoomba to provide assistance to homeless and those in need in Toowoomba. The members reported that it was a fantastic day, with approximately 25 homeless attending to receive a BBQ brunch. Some even reported having not had a meal for 2 or 3 days. 

Rosies is a fantastic outreach program and the Toowoomba branch is its newest to open. Rosies are currently looking for donations for the Christmas Appeal. For more information, please go to:

South Toowoomba Apex Club is hopeful that the two organisations will continue to have an ongoing relationship in the future. Club members are excited to work towards there next assistance day in December 2015.

Blanket Donation

Posted on 22 July, 2015 at 20:40 Comments comments (0)

For the month of June, the South Toowoomba Apex Club raised over 1000 blankets from donations from the community, club members and the club itself. The Club presented the donation to Derek Tuffield, CEO of Lifeline Darling Downs & South West Queensland branch on Monday, 20 July 2015. South Toowoomba Apex Club Media Director Sarah-Jane MacDonald said “this was the first time that the event had been run by the Club, but with such a support from the community for the event, the club is hoping to make it an annual event”.


“With this colder weather, the rush has been on” said CEO of Lifeline Darling Downs & South West Queensland branch, Derek Tuffield. With it feeling like the colder weather might be here to stay, the South Toowoomba Apex Club are sure that their donation will assist many disadvantaged people and families who are struggling through tough times this winter.

To see the write up in the Chronicle newspaper: go to the website here.


Posted on 12 June, 2015 at 1:00 Comments comments (0)

Photo 1- L-R: Georgia Stafford, Sarah-Jane MacDonald, kittens Georgette and Annabelle Photo 2 – L-R: Cassandra Walker, Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Georgia Stafford and Ellie the puppy.


South Toowoomba Apex Donates over $400 worth of pet items to RSPCA

On Friday 12 June South Toowoomba Apex Club was proud to make a large donation of pet items to the RSPCA Shelter Toowoomba. South Toowoomba Apex Club presented RSPCA Shelter Manager Cassandra Walker with over $400 worth of blankets, toys, beds, kitty litter and other pet items for all the animals at the shelter. “We thought it was worthwhile to make the donation to the RSPCA with winter just around the corner and many animals still looking for homes,” said member Sarah-Jane MacDonald.

One of South Toowoomba Apex Club’s members, Georgia Stafford has a close relationship with the RSPCA through the foster care program. “Fostering animals for the RSPCA has been a very valuable and enjoyable experience for me. Often animals need fostering because they are too young to be adopted and just need love in a home environment in the meantime.” The items would also help any new foster carers who didn’t have all of their own pet items at home. Shelter Manager Cassandra Walker welcomed the donation and said: “Donations from the community and groups like South Toowoomba Apex are greatly appreciated, especially as it is starting to cool down now.”


South Toowoomba Apex serves BBQ to Volunteers at the FKG Gardner Tour of Toowoomba

Posted on 25 May, 2015 at 2:30 Comments comments (0)

South Toowoomba Apex was proud to cook the Volunteers BBQ for the 2015 FKG Tour of Toowoomba. Members worked hard to prepare, cook and serve 80 hungry volunteers on Sunday.

Members served steak sandwichs, bottles of water and cakes kindly donated by Quality Desserts Toowoomba. Members had a great day helping out the community while getting to be involved in the action and excitement of the FKG Tour of Toowoomba.

South Toowoomba Apex is proud to annouce that we raised over $400 from the BBQ. The club has decided to donate this money to the RSPCA to help purchase new foster carer packs, for the many animals that need foster care.

We look forward to more upcoming service events!

South Toowoomba Apex Donates to Toowoomba Hospice

Posted on 13 March, 2015 at 10:25 Comments comments (0)


Toowoomba Hospice, March 13, 2015: South Toowoomba Apex Club today had the opportunity to donate money fundraised through not-for profit charity work to the Toowoomba Hospice. Club President Mr James Burleigh and Secretary Miss Georgia Stafford attended the Hospice where they presented Mr Mark Munro, Hospice Promotions and Fundraising Manager with a cheque for $1,100.



President of the Club Mr James Burleigh holds a special connection to the Toowoomba Hospice, as his Father Mr Rodney Howard Burleigh stayed at the Hospice for a few weeks before his passing in July 2014. The late Mr Burleigh was a life member of the Meandarra Apex Club and encouraged his son James to join and experience the many benefits of participating in a service club.


Mr James Burleigh was voted as President of the South Toowoomba Apex Club in July 2014, a few weeks before his Father sadly passed away. “Dad was very proud of my involvement in Apex, especially when I was voted as President,” said James. “I am very happy that South Toowoomba Apex Club is able to donate this money to the Hospice after everything they did for my Dad before he passed away. It is a pleasure to be able to honour his memory and help so many other families that benefit from the Toowoomba Hospice.”


Toowoomba Hospice is a community based private healthcare facility, which provides palliative care to the terminally ill. The funds donated will help Toowoomba Hospice to continue offering this service to the community.


Mr Mark Munro, Hospice Promotions and Fundraising Manager said, “We are very appreciative of South Toowoomba Apex’s support. It is clubs, charities and groups that allow the Toowoomba Hospice to keep operating for free.”

(L-R) Georgia Stafford (Secretary South Toowoomba Apex), James Burleigh (President South Toowoomba Apex), Mark Munro, (Hospice Promotions and Fundraising Manager)