School kid carrying backpackToowoomba and Darling Downs charities received 13 grants totalling $37,144 to help them continue to provide vital services for our local community.

As part of Queensland Community Foundation’s annual regional grants program, the Toowoomba Regional Community Fund (TRCF) today announced grants to assist a wide range of projects in Toowoomba providing critical support for our most vulnerable community members.

Projects included helping people with cancer, a family day for children with cystic fibrosis, distributing Eczema School kits, developing an Indigenous Advancement Strategy, support for vulnerable refugee women, distributing hygiene packs for isolated members of the Toowoomba community, delivery of a parenting and life skills program, and helping school children get back to school after escaping domestic violence.

Toowoomba charities that have directly benefited, include Emerge Toowoomba, Eva’s Place Pregnancy and Early Parenting Support, Sunrise Way, Lifeline Darling Downs, Carbal Medical Services and Zephyr Education Inc.

Zephyr Education provides essential school supplies to children affected by domestic violence who are living in DV shelters across Queensland or whose accommodation has been arranged by a family support organisation. Zephyr currently assists three shelters and one family support agency on the Darling Downs.

“Our sole purpose is to help children whose lives and education are disrupted by domestic violence get back to school as quickly as possible.  This TRCF grant will directly help at least 70, mostly primary school aged children in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs”. Isabella Bevan, President of Zephyr Education said.  As one grateful shelter manager said in an email to her “To be able to send the children to school with the correct uniform, books and bag, restoring some dignity into their lives is an immeasurable gift”.
The Toowoomba Community Regional Fund was specifically set up to help vulnerable people and community groups in Toowoomba.   Set up only six years ago, the fund has so far distributed over $236,000 to 35 Toowoomba and Darling Downs charities and community groups.

Donations to the TCRF are pooled and invested, with the income from the fund given away only to charities in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region.

“It is more important than ever, we as a community continue to build this fund to meet the needs of our local charities.  We are delighted with the outcome this year and encourage Toowoomba donors to leave a lasting legacy to Toowoomba and ‘give where you live’,” Joy Mingay, TRCF Chair said.

To help build the capacity of the Toowoomba Regional Community fund and find out how you can ‘give where you live’ contact QCF on 3360 3854 or email enquiries@qcf.org.au.  All donations are tax-deductible.