Wednesday 11 May 2016

North Queensland Rural Family Support Services event

Once again Quota Carindale’s fund raising was supported by a Paper Angels Charity Cardmaking Day. What a successful event this was.

Leonie Weir, Lyn Wilson from Quota International of Carindale members with event coordinator Rebecca Ross
Crafting up a storm

The beneficiary of this event is North Queensland Rural Family Support Services who operate out of Charters Towers and service the Charters Towers Regional Council’s Rural/Remote Region, Flinders, Richmond & McKinlay Shire Council areas. Their Co-ordinator Jeanie Brooks has been working with families on the land for more than 30 years. Two Quota Carindale members, Janette and Lyn were able to meet with Jeanie on their travels through North West Queensland in 2015. They had discussions with Jeanie and felt the work she was doing fitted well with Quota’s ideals of supporting disadvantaged women and children and because of the severity of the drought in this region their need was dire. Here, the family focus is on survival with the resulting neglect of both mental and physical health. Children are taken out of boarding school and socialising becomes infrequent as fuel is only available for necessities.

On 26 August 2016, North QLD Rural Services will be co-hosting with the Royal Flying Doctor Service a day on “Barenya Station” south west of Hughenden. The RFDS does health checks while Jeanie arranges a pamper day along with fitness and stretching sessions for both adults and children. From Quota Carindale’s donations, Jeanie has enlisted the services of a Charters Towers fitness professional to travel to “Barenya Station” to provide physical health and well being tips and classes as those attending the day have no personal access to these services without first driving hundreds of kilometres.

Funds raised by Quota Carindale go directly to Jeanie who purchases her requirements from businesses within her area and in this way support is given to local communities as well as people on the land. Following are some photos of a similar day co-hosted by the Royal Flying Doctors Service and North QLD Rural held in September 2015.

 Limbering up in the shed 

Belly dancing 

Taming the Black Dog (Depression)

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