LNP State Member for Moggill and Shadow Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, Dr Christian Rowan MP, has praised the incredible level of community spirit and support shown by individuals and various community organisations across the western suburbs of Brisbane, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking during last month’s National Volunteers Week, Dr Rowan paid tribute to the unwavering assistance of locals.
“Volunteers are the heart and soul of our local community, and particularly here in the electorate of Moggill we are fortunate to have so many amazing volunteer and community groups who selflessly devote their time and services.
“Having recently helped prepare food with Meals on Wheels Queensland, I certainly appreciate the extraordinary efforts that such community-minded groups have gone to, to ensure local residents can continue to be supported through the current health and economic crisis.” Dr Rowan said.
Following National Volunteers Week, Dr Rowan also visited and donated at the Moggill Uniting Church Community Foodbank, which was established to be a direct line of assistance for local residents and families.
“The Community Foodbank at the Moggill Uniting Church is a terrific initiative providing assistance with food and other essential items for local residents.
“The response to this effort has been remarkable and I’d like to especially thank Helen Capern, Connections Coordinator, and her team her team for the invaluable community work being undertaken, as well as to a number of local businesses and organisations, including TerryWhite Chemmart Bellbowrie, Coles Bellbowrie, MoccaBella Cafe, Bellbowrie Early Education Centre, Greengrocers Pantry, and Rotary Club Of Karana Downs, who are supporting this important local service.” Dr Rowan said.
Moggill Uniting Church Connections Coordinator, Helen Capern, said that the Community Foodbank is open to any and all who may need some extra support during these times.
“The support from the community has been fantastic. I’m constantly being asked by those who wish to help ‘what else do you need, what can I drop in?’”.
“The Community Foodbank is there for anyone to access from Moggill, Bellbowrie, and surrounding suburbs. Some people feel like they have to justify using this service but it’s important to know that we don’t ask any questions. We’re just here to help.” Mrs Capern said.
The Community Foodbank, hosted at the Moggill Uniting Church (Corner of Kangaroo Gully and Moggill Roads, Moggill), is open Monday to Friday, 9am-12noon. Donations can be left at Coles Bellbowrie or at the church main office, during office hours. If residents wish to access the Foodbank but are unable to visit during these times, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3202 7561 to arrange a suitable time for collection.