Community thanks region’s carers
THE remarkable and selfless acts carried out in aid of the state's youth were celebrated at the University of Queensland Gatton campus on Monday.
As part of the Foster and Kinship Week, carers and community service groups alike gathered for a relaxed day of fun with auction prizes, food and activities.
The Foster and Kinship Carer Week is held in Queensland from March 1-7, and is a celebration of the 4700 carers in Queensland that open their hearts to children and young people and provide a nurturing home.
For the second year in a row, Foundations Care, Pathways, Life Without Barriers, Goolburri, Key Assets, Mercy Community Services and the Department of Child Safety joined forces to organise the event.
Deidre Van de Pol from Life Without Barriers said she was overjoyed at the community support for the joint event.
"I'm thrilled at the response we have received from the Ipswich and Toowoomba area, the community is really coming together to celebrate our foster and kinship carer's effort, time and commitment," she said.
"We've had over 70 items donated towards either the auction or lucky door prize for our event."
Joining in on the special day, Esk foster parents Danny and Janelle Trend said it was rewarding to help youth out.
"We only ever had one child because we always knew we were going to do it (foster)," Mr Trend said.
"Since we got into this we've realised how many kids out there haven't got a home.
"And what gets done for the kids from carers was quite an eye opener.
"It gives the kids a good stable home and we see a big difference in the kids."