Over 160 community groups throughout Queensland have been approved for funding from the RACQ Foundation, totalling more than $7.1 million since it was established in 2011.
Here’s how we have helped community organisations around Queensland:
Queensland Country Women's Association received $50,000 from RACQ Foundation to support drought affected Queenslanders through their Public Rural Crisis Fund.
The Laidley community is continuing to enjoy a host of cattle and horse events at the local showgrounds after last year’s floods, thanks to repairs and a $25,000 helping hand from the RACQ Foundation.
They lost everything and recovery has been slow, but that hasn't stopped the Goodna Bowls Club members from continuing to bowl throughout the challenging aftermath of Queensland's "summer of horror".
Hit by two Category Five cyclones in five years has left many people in Far North Queensland suffering from trauma and relying on support agencies such as the Dr Edward Koch Foundation to help them through.
But under the Apprenticeships Queensland program, funded with a $200,000 payment from the RACQ Foundation, apprentices, trainees and local tradespeople were repairing the damage caused by the floods for a total of more than 30 low-income home owners and their families.
Founded by Brian and Nerida Egan 10 years ago to help farmers recover from natural disasters, Aussie Helpers is using $200,000 provided by the RACQ Foundation to help farming families in the Fitzroy Basin, Darling Downs and Surat Basin.
It was more than a year ago, but Joanna Spyro still remembers how she felt when her beloved Goodna Little Athletics club, which she had managed for the past eight years, was inundated with flood water. Flood waters that ravaged most of the state had washed away more than $100,000 worth of club equipment, most of which was brand new. A donation from the RACQ Foundation has helped replace it.
Kingston charity group, Loaves & Fishes Street Meet Care Service, has received a welcome funding boost of $38,220 from the RACQ Foundation, helping it meet a dramatic increase in demand for food parcels following the 2011 floods.
Around 3000 Brisbane netball players are back on the courts thanks to a $200,000 donation from the RACQ Foundation. The Metropolitan Districts Netball Association received the funding to repair the extensive damage caused by last year’s floods to its Coorparoo headquarters on Brisbane’s eastside.
The Queensland Theatre Company is well on the way to replenishing its valuable stockpile of elaborate costumes ruined in the 2011 floods, with a $110,000 contribution from the RACQ Foundation.
The volunteer fire brigade at the Upper Lockyer township of Murphy’s Creek is ready to tackle emergencies head on from new headquarters built with funding assistance from the RACQ Foundation. A $120,000 RACQ Foundation donation has enabled an extra room for training and meetings to be built into the brigade’s new headquarters, making it bigger and better than the original building, which was inundated during the 2011 floods.