A new Patron for Carers Queensland
LADY MAYORESS Anne Quirk is the new Patron for Carers Queensland.
Chair of Carers Queensland, Jim Toohey, announced the Brisbane Lady Mayoress’ appointment at the launch of National Carers Week (15–21 October) on Friday 13 October.
Mr Toohey said, “I am delighted to announce that Lady Mayoress Anne Quirk, Chairman of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, has agreed to act as Patron for Carers Queensland. It is a great privilege for our organisation and a mark of the Lady Mayoress’ very genuine affinity with carers and demonstrated commitment to the wellbeing of those in need.”
Through her stewardship of the Trust, the Lady Mayoress supports charities that have improved the wellbeing of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of the Brisbane Community.[
“I am honoured to become patron of this incredibly worthy organisation. Carers play a critical role in our community and the support provided by Carers Queensland is absolutely vital.” said the Lady Mayoress.
Carers Queensland is the peak body representing the state’s 474,000+ unpaid family and community carers. In Queensland alone, carers provide 334 million hours of care annually at an estimated replacement value of $10.5 billion.
What is a carer? A carer is someone who provides care and support for a person or people with disability, chronic illness, a mental health condition, terminal illness or who is frail-aged. Carers are more likely to be women, but come from all walks of life. Carers support their children, spouses, siblings, extended family, friends, neighbours, even ex-spouses. Many care for more than one person at a time, or for several over their lifetime.
Carers Queensland provides essential supports for carers, including the Carer Advisory Service, free counselling and support groups, education and training, NDIS readiness and a dedicated Young Carer program. Carers Queensland also advocates for policies and services that include carers and meet their ever-changing needs.
Mr Toohey says, “We are grateful to the Lady Mayoress for helping to shine a light on the invaluable work carers do for our communities.”