ASPLEYCARE will continue to provide emergency relief for thousands of Queenslanders after the Federal Government confirmed funding until June 2023.
Aspleycare president Tom Borger said the support of Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth saved the day.
“It’s a miracle,” Mr Borger said.
“Around November last year I wrote to four of the Federal parliamentarians – Wayne Swan, Luke Howarth, Jenny Macklin and Paul Fletcher.
“The one that got on board for us was Luke Howarth.
“He’s done marvellous work to get it for us.”
Aspleycare is a ministry of Our Lady and St Dympna’s Parish in Aspley on Brisbane’s northside.
Mr Howarth helped secure an additional $157,500 in funding ($203,000 in total), ensuring Aspleycare would continue to provide essential services including financial assistance and medical prescriptions to the marginalised.
“The organisation is a huge part of the Aspley community, and the work they do stretches far beyond the suburb, reaching and helping people from all walks of life who are doing it tough,” Mr Howarth said.
“I’m thrilled to have been able to help Aspleycare secure funding, so the hardworking members of this organisation can continue their vital work.”
Mr Borger said the funding meant that Aspleycare could assist 32 suburbs, instead of just 10.
“We wouldn’t have been able to give to the clients the proper resources to help them.
“It’s a godsend.”
Mr Borger said the funding had now been secured, irrespective of Federal election results.
“Once it’s in it’s in,” he said.
Aspley parish priest Carmelites of Mary Immaculate Father John Panamthottam praised the work of Aspleycare, supporting the need for the services in the community.
“It’s an appreciation and acceptance of our service to the local community by the Government,” Fr Panamthottam said.
“They are accepting our service to the local community.”
Fr Panathottam said many people were dependent on the services of Aspleycare, including some who were living below the poverty line.
“It’s a great help for emergency relief work,” he said.
“A lot of people are coming for the food, and (Aspleycare) are helping a lot.”–