Bribie Island District Community Appeal (BIDCA)

By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander


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Tags: Fundraising. Charity. Bribie Island. Brisbane. Queensland. BIDCA


Bribie Island District Community Appeal (BIDCA) is an organisation that was established to actively raise funds which are used to support those in need within the local community and organisation founders Sharon and Gary Parsons have told me about an instance when they were reminded about just how many people are out there waiting to help. ‘At the last HAND (Helping Agencies Network Development) meeting, we became aware of the need for the Bribie Island and District Neighbourhood Centre to have a supply of items such as tents and sleeping bags for distribution to those who do not have a roof over their head,’ said Sharon.

Featured Image(above): Neighbourhood Centre Manager Cecelia Taylor and
BIDCA’s Gary Parsons with the camping gear and blankets

‘This being the situation, BIDCA made a decision to fund the purchase of some of these desperately needed items so Gary and I went shopping and while we were in the store, a rather mystified lady approached us. She wanted to know why we were buying so much camping equipment and when we explained what our purpose was, she wanted to help,’ Sharon explained.

She went on to say that this generous woman whose name is Wendy has donated some warm, home blankets and also a wheelchair. It is because of people like Sharon and Gary Parsons as well as Wendy and all the others who are prepared to provide help to those who need it that our community is such a wonderful place to live and we should be thankful that they are among us.

A major part of BIDCA’s fundraising activities is the Brennan Park markets on the third Sunday of each month. This has become a popular venue for locals and visitors alike and it is important that we continue to support the stallholders who offer such a wide variety of products at bargain prices. For more information about these markets or about BIDCA, Sharon can be contacted on 0409 583 928.

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