Mayor Paul Pisasale.
Mayor Paul Pisasale. File

Pisasale on Monday: Celebrating survivors

IPSWICH is full of great people doing tremendous things to make the world a better place.

There's no more important cause to tackle than cancer, which impacts so many lives in Ipswich and around Australia.

I was very proud this week to have an opportunity to thank the organisers and participants of two huge efforts around the city to raise much-needed funds for the Cancer Council, which works tirelessly to prevent cancer and to support people living with cancer and their loved ones.

For many years Australia's Biggest Morning Tea has been raising much needed funds for the Cancer Council.

I was delighted to visit Ipswich Early Education and Preschool in Leichhardt last Monday to congratulate them for their fantastic morning tea. It was great to see such young kids putting in such a big effort for a worthy cause.

Relay for Life Ipswich is an event I am honoured to serve as patron. Relay is a chance for the Ipswich community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

This year more than 640 participants in 68 teams walked Bill Paterson Oval throughout Saturday night.

It was a very special evening I was proud to be part of.

I'd like to say a special congratulation to the City of Ipswich Cancer Crusaders team consisting of council officers, their friends and family, including three cancer survivors.

Speld Queensland has been working hard to support young children with learning difficulties since 1969. Education is so important. All kids deserve an opportunity to get as much out of school as they can and this organisation works with local parents, carers, educators and professionals to ensure they do.

If you know a kid who needs a bit of a boost with their learning, visit to find out how they can help.

St Mary's Hostel in Raceview is home to residents with special care needs and a vital respite service for their carers.

On Thursday it was my pleasure to wish all residents born in May a happy birthday and to congratulate the whole staff on the hostel's 25 years of dedicated care.


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