Gourmet in Gundy gives back to community

Breast and Prostate Cancer Association Qld, peer support for Goondiwindi, Gloria Cory and clinical nurse for breast and prostate cancer, Toni Jakins with Rotary Goondiwindi immediate past president, Jamie Clyne.
Breast and Prostate Cancer Association Qld, peer support for Goondiwindi, Gloria Cory and clinical nurse for breast and prostate cancer, Toni Jakins with Rotary Goondiwindi immediate past president, Jamie Clyne.

What is the best thing about going to Gourmet in Gundy?

Easy right; the delicious food, a day out with friends and family, the festival atmosphere... the list goes on. And while there is that...

Did you know, just by attending, you are supporting vital services within our community? If that isn't a good enough excuse to go, then what is? It's probably a good one to remind your boss about too when you call in sick on the Monday.

In 2016 proceeds from the day helped purchase a bus for Care to transport clients to events and appointments. In 2017 a CPAP respirator machine was bought for the Goondiwindi Hospital.

Last year, Rotary committed $15,000 over two years to fund an additional day per fortnight for breast and prostate care coordinator, Toni Jakins.

This means, after just six months in the role Toni - who is based in Goondiwindi and covers a region stretching as far as Weengallon and Stanthorpe - is able to increase her services to three days per fortnight.

Toni said the community had been receptive. She has supported 13 clients so far and currently has five patients 'on the books'. "Men are very tricky," she said. "But just to be a phone call away, and for them to know someone is here can make a difference."

Rotary's immediate past president, Jamie Clyne, said it was only a matter of time before more people realised Toni was here. "Men will get involved when the word spreads between men," he said. "Men need to be told by another man."

Jamie said Goondiwindi had a high profile for running great events such as Gourmet, which made them popular to not only locals but tourists too. "Having successful events means we will be able to continue our community support," he said.

Rotarian and Cancer Association peer, Gloria Cory, said people were more happy to give, knowing the funds were going directly back to the local community. "They know the money raised in the district stays in our own bank account," she said. "They know their money is going to such a worthy cause."

Gourmet in Gundy runs from September 6-8. Follow their Facebook page to keep up to date.