- Tuesday 26 July 2016
Mayor Mark Jamieson is the new patron of SunnyKids which supports up to 300 vulnerable children in the Sunshine Coast community each year.
A long-time supporter of the charity organisation, Mayor Jamieson takes over from one of the Sunshine Coast's favorite daughters, sailor Jessica Watson, who has generously served SunnyKids for five years.
CEO Chris Turner said: "SunnyKids is working closer with council and now having the mayor as patron will further assist our development, including our capacity to support the implementation of council's Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015.
"If we can effect change in the lives of the 1000 Coast children currently identified as vulnerable simply because they lack the necessary protective factors to keep them safe and nurtured, then not only will we prevent them from ever having to enter into homelessness, violence or crime but we will improve their health, well-being and employment trajectories making the return on SunnyKids' work for the Sunshine Coast exponential."
In November last year, Mayor Jamieson launched SunnyKids' "It Takes A Village" local child sponsorship program and signed on as one of the program's first child sponsors.
"We want to ensure every child on the Coast is heard and no-one is forgotten - it's important all children in our community have the opportunity the reach their full potential," Mayor Jamieson said.
"SunnyKids is providing a great opportunity for our local community to help kids in their own backyard - in their own 'village' - and I'm proud to be a child sponsor and newly appointed patron of this important local charity.
"In Australia we spend $2.8 billion per year* on out-of-home care for children, which demonstrates that there is a high number of children who need our support.
"Each region needs to take a proactive stance in helping to improve this situation and with help from the Sunshine Coast community we can make a difference."