Lunch supports Ipswich charity

THE chamber held the first of its Suncorp Bank Business Leaders Series of luncheons on May 27.

This first event was run as part of the Ipswich Festival and was hosted in conjunction with the Mayoress of Ipswich, Janet Pisasale.

The Mayoress gave some emotional insight into the plight of those that her charity – The Mayoress’ Community Support Committee – sought to assist.

The charity works behind the scenes, assisting the elderly to stay in their own homes, such as through assisting with funding for equipment or specialised furniture for their homes.

Mrs Pisasale also offers assistance to unrecognised young carers (those who have slipped through the cracks of welfare eligibility and other systems) who are sometimes of early primary school age and yet who cook, clean, wash and attend to the medical needs, amongst many other duties, in order to help their incapacitated family members and run the household.

These carers are taken on special trips to places such as Dreamworld, an item of luxury to them that for many of us would be a family day out.

The chamber is pleased to announce that through sponsorship provided by Suncorp Bank, we were able to make a donation of $1000 (being the profits of the luncheon) to the Mayoress’ charity.

The gregarious “Hollywood” Herb Armstrong then entertained guests, singing well known melodies such as Hello Dolly and What a Wonderful World, which truly made it feel like an Ipswich Festival Friday afternoon.

Guests were given some interesting insights by Patrick Snowball, CEO of Suncorp Bank, who spoke of his belief in the need for a national inquiry to review the way natural disasters were managed to avoid a patchwork approach to recovery for the future.

Mr Snowball indicated that “the progress of Ipswich and similar communities throughout Australia has to be protected not just by economic reform, but by natural disaster management reform with government, business and community working together on a national scale”.

 

Upcoming events:

  • Tuesday, June 21 – Networking After 5 hosted by Bendigo Bank and Sammut Bulow at The Ipswich Club from 5pm to 6.30pm. Free event for members only. RSVP by Friday, June 17.

 

  • Tuesday, June 28 – Chamber breakfast sponsored by Apprenticeships Queensland at Brothers Leagues Club. Guest speaker Rod Camm, CEO Skills Queensland. Networking from 6.45am. $40 members, $55 non members. RSVP by Friday, June 24.

 

  • Tuesday, July 12 – Chamber breakfast sponsored by V8 Supercars Australia at the Ipswich Turf Club. Networking from 6.45am. $44 members, $55 non members.

For more information phone 3282 8688 or email admin@ipswich.org.au.



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