Park Ridge Connect partnered with Compassion Australia at a community picnic in March, unveiling a new proposal to pair Logan West residents with remote communities in the Philippines.
The proposal will facilitate a partnership between Logan West residents who wish to sponsor a child with two villages in the Philippines.
The goal is to achieve accelerated change through a targeted, community driven approach to ending child poverty.
Compassion’s Queensland Relationships Manager Dean Wallace spoke at the picnic, calling on Logan West residents to continue their support for the organisation.
‘Sponsoring a child is the most effective way to end poverty for not only that child but for that child’s family as well,’ Mr. Wallace said.
‘Thankyou so much for those of you that are currently sponsoring a child, your sponsorship is more important now than it’s ever been before.’
Over 250 children have been sponsored by Logan West families and businesses through Compassion, a number that Park Ridge Connect Director Paul Jackson hopes can surpass 300.
‘I love the work Compassion Australia does to provide practical support to families through child sponsorship. Their holistic program impacts families and villages in health, education, employability and nutrition.’
Mr. Wallace believes that a community-driven approach can make huge changes to remote communities in the Philippines.
‘I want to see the lives of these children changed forever and I think a strategic focused partnership together can do that.’
He hopes that when travel restrictions ease, sponsors will be able to visit their children on an organised trip to the Philippines.
‘As a wider community, that just excites me. That excites me to think of the difference that we can make in these kids lives.’
Mr. Jackson explains,
‘We are in the process of exploring how Park Ridge Connect can help facilitate a long-term relationship between Logan West and some key regions in the Philippines.’
‘I hope that eventually we’ll be able to take teams from Logan West to visit these villages and create some opportunities for an exchange of life, love and community between us.’
The community picnic drew large numbers, with families drawn to the child-friendly atmosphere with lots of activities for children to engage in, including face-painting, a playground, and a jumping castle.
‘The picnic was a great success,’ says Mr. Jackson. ‘Strangers made connections, families had fun together, prizes were won and children were sponsored. That’s a win any day of the week.’
Local resident Dennis Jackson praised the picnic for bringing community members together.
‘I think it’s been a great opportunity for people who don’t normally know each other to get together and make new friends. And there’s plenty of activities for all ages to just enjoy themselves.’
Park Ridge Connect operates as a community service group with the aim of strengthening communities through face-to-face connection.
‘We’ll take any excuse to get people face to face and help people build relationships with their neighbours,’ said Mr. Jackson on the day.
Park Ridge Connect organises community functions and picnics in the Logan West area. Interested in hosting an event in your area? Contact Paul on 0410 583 291 to find out how you can connect your community.