Councils support Anti-Poverty Week

The Burdekin Shire Council and Burdekin Shire Youth Council joined forces to collect for Anti-Poverty Week and donated boxes of food, toiletries, toys and other items to the Burdekin Community Association.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Anti-Poverty Week was important to remind the community that there were people doing it tough.

“The Burdekin is a very caring community and it’s important to support those in our region who go without,” she said.

“I’m very proud of our Council team and the Youth Council for supporting Anti-Poverty Week.

“The donated items and funds will be distributed by the Burdekin Community Association.”

The Burdekin Shire Youth Council took the cause to schools in the region.

Youth Mayor Tayla McKaig said collecting for Anti-Poverty Week was a great idea.

“However, I think that some schools were not entirely sure what the purpose of it was,” she said.

“Maybe in future, a recognised member from the Youth Council could be involved as the figure head to ensure the students are aware of its importance.

“Having said that, the donations from some schools were outstanding and we are very grateful for the community’s assistance.

“I am sure all the donations will be put to good use and we hope to improve Anti-Poverty Week 2017.”

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