Samford’s politicians joined together to officially launch the 2018 Samford Fun Run, in aid of the Samford Support Network, by personally donating $500 each to the cause.
Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton, Pine Rivers MP Nikki Boyd, and Moreton Bay Councillor for Division 11 Darren Grimwade, presented their combined personal donations of $1500 to Samford Support Network President Barbara Kienast, and Samford Fun Run Coordinators Minty Jackson and Dee Medway, who expressed their deep gratitude.
“To have this level of strong support from our elected representatives, who put people over politics, shows just how deeply they each care about our community and for that are so grateful,” Barbara said.
“The Samford Support Network relies heavily on community donations, and these vital funds allow us to help our friends and neighbours when they need it most.
“The support of Darren Grimwade and our esteemed MP’s, along with so many businesses and individuals, means the world to us – we don’t have enough words to express our thanks.”
Minty and Dee said the 2018 Samford Fun Run would donate all proceeds to the Samford Support Network to continue their amazing work, with some of the money going towards the SSN Hardship Fund for locals enduring unfortunate and unexpected life events.
“We all hear about families in our community doing it tough, and see the media stories sometimes, and now you can do something yourself by registering for the Samford Fun Run being held at 7am on Sunday 9 September, or by donating directly to the SSN via their website.”
Mr Dutton said he was delighted to help launch this year’s Fun Run because the SSN had his strong personal backing due to the positive difference it makes in the lives of so many locals.
“Along with the Hardship Fund, the SSN also offers practical activities for our residents, and my donation can help with transport costs for medical appointments, home requirements, and social outings to reduce the isolation often felt in semi-rural environments,” Mr Dutton said.
Ms Boyd said the Samford Support Network played a vital role for residents who need a helping hand, which many people need at some point in their lives, but often don’t like to speak up.
“Community is about enjoying a sense of belonging and connection, and for many residents of all ages this can be challenging at times, and impact their social and emotional wellbeing,” she said.
“I am proud to support the SSN with my donation to enable this exceptional group to continue their fine work in our community and to demonstrate what can be achieved when we all pull together.”
Mr Grimwade, a long-time supporter of the Samford Fun Run and the Samford Support Network said he was proud to donate once again and hoped it would inspire others to be involved.
“I encourage all residents in our community to register for the Samford Fun Run on 9 September and enjoy a beautiful jog, walk or stroll with your family and pets and get behind this tremendously important cause,” Mr Grimwade said.
“It’s about locals supporting locals, and that’s what our community is all about.”