Volunteer drivers from Toowoomba Community Care Transport Inc are used to going the extra mile transporting eligible clients to medical appointments across Toowoomba city.
The community organisation that was started by the Rotary Club of Toowoomba in 1995 last night received a boost of its own in the form of proceeds from this year’s Mayoral Prayer Breakfast that was held at Rumours in May.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio presented a cheque for $8,978.05 to Toowoomba Community Care Transport (TCCT) president Tony Mullen and thanked all attendees, business supporters and sponsors for their contributions.
“Judging by the adage, one good turn deserves another, Toowoomba Community Care Transport Inc is a worthy recipient of the funds raised at this year’s function,” Mayor Antonio said.
“Toowoomba Community Care Transport is a fine example of how people in our community pitch in to help fellow residents who would otherwise struggle to find a way or means to attend medical appointments.
“The generosity of residents who attended this year’s Mayoral Prayer Breakfast will enable TCCT to maintain its friendly, door-to-door service as it does not receive government funding.
“The group, much like the breakfast, is one of the few of its kind across the nation. The volunteer drivers and all our community organisations deserve our support and thanks for stepping up to help fellow residents.
“The Mayoral Prayer Breakfast is one of our region’s more recent rich traditions and I’m pleased to continue an annual fundraiser that was initiated by former Toowoomba City Mayor Ross Miller to aid our charitable organisations.
“Over the past 26 years the function has raised almost $290,000.”
Mayor Antonio also presented certificates of appreciation to businesses and organisations that supplied goods or services to the function.
“Many of our supporters have backed the breakfast since its inception. I’m extremely grateful to them and all of our 2018 backers whose contributions ensure most of the funds raised can be presented to the chosen beneficiary,” he said.
“The morning is enlivened by performances and presentations which were delivered this year by the Toowoomba Gospel Choir, Pastor Raquelle Pedler’s ensemble, Brock McIntyre, Pastor Jenny Savill and Val Ruyters, along with the master of ceremonies Pastor Daniel Sercombe.
“I also thank guest speaker Shaun Hart, Gold Coast Suns head of development, and Mayoral Prayer Breakfast organising committee chair Pastor Andrew Hoey and his committee.
“I look forward to another successful event in 2019.”
TCCT president Tony Mullen thanked the Mayor and all breakfast supporters for contributing to their windfall.
“Our organisation has a $20,000 gap between our expenses and revenue. These funds will allow us to continue our work for another 12 months, along with our other financial backers.”
TCCT drivers complete up to 6000 single trips each year.
Caption: Toowoomba Community Care Transport treasurer Veronica O’Connell (back left), Mayoral Prayer Breakfast organising committee chair Pastor Andrew Hoey, Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio, TCCT’s Kay Jordan, volunteer driver Bill Hill, (front left) TCCT vice president Bruce Manning, secretary Georgia Soutar, TCCT president Tony Mullen and volunteer drivers Pam Dill, Helen Hill and Ian Dill at the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast presentation function.