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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16383

Mr RIPOLL (1:58 PM) —The Ipswich Hospice care facility in my electorate is more than just a place that cares for the terminally ill; it is a place built by the community. It is a place that cares for people and their families through a dedicated staff and even more dedicated volunteer network. That support was demonstrated last Friday night with a fundraising art exhibition and auction, where some 46 works from local artists were put under the hammer. The evening was a tremendous success, raising many thousands of dollars and bringing together people that care for others. Special thanks need to go to the director of Ipswich Hospice, Jan Wilton, who did a splendid job on the night, and all her staff and helpers. Special thanks also need to go to Martin and Christine Sammut for the donation of the infamous Bodega restaurant champagne bottle and glass, which has been an Ipswich icon for decades. I would also like to thank our local media, the Queensland Times, and Ipswich's own for their support of the event, along with Mathew and Vanessa Cobbin from Newtown Art gallery and local artist Gordon Hanley. The evening proved that through hard work, a solid community network and a vision amazing things can happen. The people of Ipswich dug deep into their pockets to ensure the night would be a total success. The people that will benefit from the Ipswich Hospice services are eternally grateful, as is the community that get behind this growing charity event every year. It is another one of the great institutions that has become legendary in and around the Ipswich region.

The SPEAKER —Order! It being 2.00 p.m., in accordance with standing order 106A the time for members' statements has concluded.