It’s 2019 and Uniting Country SA is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that the new year brings. Right now though, we are reflecting on the achievements of the year past.
In 2018 Uniting Country SA celebrated some exciting events. We celebrated Mental Health Week, NAIDOC Week, Tarpari Day, Harmony Day Foster and Kinship Care Week and Homeless Persons Week by hosting events in towns across the region. Also celebrated were some of UCSA’s own events including the 15th anniversary of the Port Pirie Community Centre and UCSA’s All Staff Day in Port Augusta, as well as events honouring our hard working volunteers at National Volunteers Week.
Amazing donations from individuals, community groups and companies were received in 2018. Donations from SA Water and Rotary Port Augusta help fund the Itchy Emu program in Port Augusta, tackling head lice in the community. A fantastic donation of sporting equipment received from OZ Minerals means children have a chance to enjoy sport and play. We received an impressive $30,000 donation from the Commonwealth Bank Foundation which, with the assistance of the Port Pirie Rotary Club, helped build play equipment and upgrade the Port Pirie Emergency Accommodation Complex. UCSA also received some amazing donations from individuals and community groups, such as the donation of over 2000 hand knitted blankets and clothing from the Stansbury Community Church and more recently the donation of 30 hygiene kits from Michael Thompson in Port Augusta.
2018 also saw UCSA celebrate some big milestones. One of the biggest recently was our volunteer, Betty Quinn, who celebrated 50 years of volunteering at UCSA. The Micro Credit Loan program facilitated their 9000th loan and also launched a research project into the success of the program. In Whyalla the latest cohort of children in the HIPPY program celebrated their graduation. The Port Pirie Foodhub saw an increase in support from the community thanks to the Port Pirie Recorder’s “Uniting for Christmas Appeal” and the Rotary Bowls Night donation. The Communities for Children Passpoint program in Port Augusta registered 356 participants and the Itchy Emu Program conducted 130 treatment sessions.
2018 was a big year for Uniting Country SA and there is a lot of hard work to complete in 2019 to match it. We are looking forward to bringing you along on our journey of Caring for Country People.