Thursday, July 4, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Gala Event Raises Funds For Tucker Box Program

The Bowen Community Centre is thrilled to announce the overwhelming success of its very first Gala, an event inspired by the urgent need for funding to sustain the Tucker Box Shop and Tucker Box Kitchen programs.

These vital services feed approximately 2,000 singles and families annually without any government support or fees and they are essential to the Bowen community.

The idea for the Gala was sparked by the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre's release of their Investment Guide, which highlighted innovative fundraising strategies.

This motivated the Bowen Community Centre to not only raise funds but also secure pledges from local businesses for the next four years, ensuring the sustainability and growth of these crucial programs.

The event surpassed all expectations, raising significantly more than their initial goal.

The generosity and support from the community was truly remarkable and demonstrated a shared commitment to helping those in need.

With this success, the Gala is set to become a biannual fixture, further solidifying its role in supporting the community.

Bowen Community Centre would like to extend their deepest gratitude to North Queensland Bulk Ports for their sponsorship and for sharing their vision, making this night not only successful but now a regular occurrence.

Their support has been invaluable in ensuring the continued operation of the Tucker Box Shop and Kitchen.

Mayor Ry Collins with his wife Melanie
Greg Pollard, Mark Steen, Stephanie Cora and Anne Steen, Sue Shearing, Jill Brabon, Star Lowry, Lauren Miller, and Councillor John Finlay who was the Emcee for the night.

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