Foodbank Queensland’s donors were celebrated in an evening to say thank you for their generosity inside the walls of the stunning Government House.
The beautiful heritage listed residence known as Government House, built in 1865 is the current home of our patron, Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, and Mrs Kaye de Jersey.
The evening opened with a moving speech from the Governor, welcoming guests and acknowledging their contributions to helping Australians in need.
This is not the first time Foodbank has been welcome into the official residence of His Excellency and Mrs de Jersey. Back in June 2015, the Governor and Mrs de Jersey very kindly hosted another such event, providing morning tea to Foodbank supporters.
Amazingly the Governor is patron to over 150 charities and Mrs de Jersey is a patron of 6 herself, with strong interest in helping children eat well and stay in school.
It honours and humbles Foodbank to be in such esteemed company and to hear our supporters congratulated on their commitment to ending hunger.
Special mentions on the night went out to our newest Ambassador, television presenter, Natalie Gruzlewski and Foodbank Friend, Michael Powell, who is swimming the English Channel in August to raise funds for Foodbank’s School Breakfast Program.
Also making an appearance were our very generous supporters from the Clem Jones Group. Since Foodbank’s beginnings in Fortitude Valley of 1995, the operation has gone forward in leaps and bounds only with the help of supporters like the Clem Jones Group. Dr Clem Jones AO, longest serving Lord Mayor of Brisbane, was a founding director of Foodbank Queensland.
Foodbank owes much of its success to many more donors who cannot be thanked enough. Our funders especially, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.