|Posted on 11 April, 2017 at 4:50|
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.”