Frontier Services is very grateful for the generous funding of $5,000 for BP fuel cards that were used by our outback Links volunteers. This volunteer program was on hold from December 2013 to 30 June 2014.
The program was relaunched on 1 July 2014. From 1 July to 7th January 2015 the fuel cards supported 39 placements: 12 NSW (Broken Hill, White Cliffs, Lightning Ridge, Yeoval), 24 (Camooweal, Isisford, Mitchell, Bollon, Charleville, Windorah, Goondiwindi, St George, Cunnamulla, Hughendon, Toowoomba, Morven, Pormpuraaw, Quilpie) QLD, 3 WA (Cadoux, Carnarvon, Kununurra).
These areas include severely drought affected areas, around Lightning Ridge/Walgett NSW and Mitchell in SW QLD which saw volunteers assist across the full range of activities at a property, from in the home (cooking, cleaning, painting, gardening, yard maintenance) to helping with stock (checking water, pumps, feeding and mustering). Two fuel cards were used by Mid North Coast Volunteer of the Year Award 2014 winner and NSW Volunteer of the Year finalist Geoff Bond, who admits to relishing the wide open spaces of the bush and the opportunity to make a difference. When Mr Bond first signed up to Outback Links, he and his wife Roz travelled 1800 kilometres to south west Queensland. “We were surprised [he said] by the variety of tasks which we were both able to perform and to really assist in a meaningful way. This and the gratitude shown by the owners have kept us involved ever since.”
Isolated Children's Parents' Association
The “Isolated Children's Parents' Association” warmly acknowledged the generous sponsorship from Connellan Airways Trust which enabled them to have eco-friendly reusable conference bags for their 2014 Federal Conference. The decision to go eco-friendly reusable bags proved to be most appreciated. This sponsorship and generosity assisted in making the conference affordable for the many delegates who travelled great distances from all over Australia to attend. The value of Connellan Airways Trust's work for the interests of rural and remote students' education cannot be understated.
Verbal and written feedback on the conference, subsequent emails and correspondence has all been exceptionally positive. As a totally voluntary association, we are very appreciative of that sponsorship and support which assisted us to host a professional and affordable conference for the rural and remote families of Australia.
Stonehenge Wellness Forum
The inaugural Stonehenge Wellness Forum wishes to acknowledge and thank the Connellan Airways Trust for the financial support offered allowing the Forum to be held in the tiny remote Central Western Queensland township of Stonehenge on the 26th and 27th April 2014. The people in the area are suffering extreme financial, physical and emotional hardship. This Forum was planned to address the need for social and emotional well-being and deliver a preventative health strategy. The project provided participants with access to the services of health screening, women’s health nurse, remedial massage therapy and beautician services, in addition to workshops. The workshop presentations provided opportunities for participants to expand their knowledge of preventative health practices around the topics of fitness, nutrition, work-life balance, organisational habits and resilience and mental health. An arts centre engaged participants in introductory ceramic painting projects. Group fitness sessions were facilitated outside the formal program. The organising committee believe the Forum had a significant positive impact upon the health and social-emotional wellbeing of the community. The success of the project is evidenced by participants interacting positively throughout the weekend forming new friendships and professional contacts. Subsequent community events have been strongly supported.