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Thursday, 25 July 2019
Page: 1032


Dr McVEIGH (Groom) (13:40): Every community represented in this House has those organisations and those champions who simply exist to support others, particularly those in need. I'm proud to speak of one of those organisations in the electorate of Groom, Civic Assist, today. This is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on collaboration with the whole community to develop very targeted and innovative programs that empower people to better themselves, to get ahead, to 'equip themselves for a better tomorrow', as Civic Assist promotes. I know that their services are so very much valued throughout Toowoomba. For example, there is the Winter Warmth Appeal, the donation of warm clothing and bedding for those in need; the Civic Assist Street Crews, our safe night precinct safety services for late nights on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and the Loads of Love Appeal, getting gifts to families who need them at Christmas time, particularly for young children. A real champion of Civic Assist is a friend to many in Toowoomba, a young man by the name of Matt Greg, who finishes his time with Civic Assist next week. He is truly a champion of those in need in Toowoomba. Our community looks forward to the next exciting step for him, as he tells me, to continue to serve the Toowoomba community.