Triple Brisbane Lions AFL premiership player and current Gold Coast Suns Head of Development Shaun Hart is the guest speaker for this year’s Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, May 15 at Rumours International.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio today also announced proceeds from the 26th annual function would be donated to Toowoomba Community Care Transport.
Tickets are now on sale. (see full details below).
“Shaun Hart etched his name as an AFL great by playing in the peerless Brisbane Lions side that won premierships in 2001, 2002 and 2003,” Mayor Antonio said.
“His whole-hearted performances are exemplified by his effort to win the Norm Smith Medal for the best player in the 2001 grand final.
“Shaun enjoyed an extraordinary career spanning 273 AFL games with the Brisbane Lions and previously the Brisbane Bears.
“His playing highlights include winning a Victorian State of Origin jumper and induction as a Brisbane Lions life member.
“Anyone who consistently performs at the highest level in a highly competitive and physical sporting arena understands the commitment and dedication that is required on the training paddock and in the off-season to become a champion.
“Shaun displayed this across his playing career and was highly regarded as a selfless team player. He is passing his knowledge to the emerging players at the Gold Coast Suns.
“Success didn’t come overnight and I’m sure Shaun will explain the persistence and beliefs that helped him achieve goals on and off the field, including his involvement with the Elevation Church at the Gold Coast and ongoing player development.”
Mayor Antonio said he was pleased funds from this year’s breakfast would be distributed to help volunteer organisation Toowoomba Community Care Transport Inc.
He said the organisation was started by the Rotary Club of Toowoomba in 1995 with the aim of transporting people, who did not qualify to receive ambulance or subsidised taxi transport, to medical appointments at hospital, a doctor’s surgery or health practitioner in Toowoomba.
Many clients might not be well enough to drive nor have family members who can take them to regular appointments. They often require more personal assistance than can be provided by other transport operators.
Volunteer drivers transport clients to and from appointments, often waiting at the venue.
The service does not receive government funding and has received donations from numerous local groups on occasions, in addition to charging a nominal fee of $15 per round trip.
“The Mayoral Prayer Breakfast has the distinction of being one of the few events of its kind in Australia that is completely supported by its home businesses and organisations with proceeds delivered back to a chosen charity,” Mayor Antonio said.
“The function highlights the everyday work of many community and charity groups that often goes unnoticed by the wider community.
“Thankfully, the Toowoomba region is blessed with a strong network of committed organisations and people who are ready and willing to assist people through challenging periods.”
Mayor Antonio paid tribute to suppliers and sponsors who continued to provide priceless assistance to the fundraiser.
“Many supporters, such as TAFE South West, Rumours, numerous food suppliers such as Betros Brothers and hospitality students from St Saviour’s and St Joseph’s College, have been loyal and valuable backers from the first function. I again thank all business people and volunteers for contributing to the function which has raised more than $280,000 for more than 30 charities in this region.”
Residents are invited to join the community breakfast at Rumours International, 323 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba from 6am on May 15.
Prices are $24 for adult tickets and $12 for school-age children.
Tickets can be purchased at Council’s Little Street Customer Service Centre in Toowoomba from 8.30am to 5pm on weekdays.
Tickets also can be bought by calling 131 872 or via Council’s website by visiting www.tr.qld.gov.au/breakfast
All credit cards, except Diners Club and American Express, can be used. Visa and MasterCard payments will attract a 0.33% surcharge.