The Pink Box is here

The Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre has partnered with Share the Dignity to bring the first Pink Box to the Whitsundays. The Pink Box is a vending machine that dispenses 2 sanitary pads and 6 tampons for free to women that are experiencing hardship.

“Women should not have to choose between food or sanitary products, but this is what happens” executive officer Rebecca Woods said.

“It is also good for teen girls who would skip school if they didn’t have access to sanitary products”.

The vending machine is being delivered this week and should be operational in a fortnight.


Striding to give kids a head start

LOCAL initiative, the Feet First Project, has put Whitsunday Community Services in the running to become Queensland’s community group of 2019.

The support service has been nominated for the Queensland Community Awards Community Group of the Year, a statewide award that acknowledges and rewards the contributions of individuals, communities and businesses throughout Queensland.

Whitsunday Community Services started their Feet First Project in January 2017 to help ease financial pressure in families when sending their children to school by distributing vouchers for school shoes.

Kicking off with 30 vouchers at a cost of $1500, this project has grown immensely since its inception with 497 vouchers at a cost of $22,500 distributed in January this year.

Whitsunday Community Services executive officer Rebecca Woods said by targeting families with education resources to support their children, the stigma associated with accessing charity became insignificant.

Through working at the Whitsunday Community Services, Ms Woods said many families expressed their deterrence from available support due to the stigma associated with accessing charity services and a presumption others were in worse circumstance than themselves.

Ms Woods said parents and guardians could feel more in control of their abilities to get their children ready to attend school with the support of the Feet First Project, which helped them feel empowered to deal with other issues in their lives.

by Shannen McDonald and Georgia Simpson, Whitsunday Times

Cupcake for a Cause

It is that time of year where we seek to raise funds for the Whitsunday Cancer Support Group.  The WCSG has been running monthly meetings since August last year following the amazing support with our “Cupcake for a Cause Drive in July 2018.  The group meets at venues alternating with Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre in Cannonvale and Proserpine Community Centre in Proserpine.  Each month we provide education and support for all types of cancers, patients, families and survivors.  Some months we have 23 in a group some we have 4, but the main objective is to minimise the amount of travel and tap into our local resources, and we are certainly achieving that goal.

Meeting topics have included:


  • Friday 17th August – ICON Cancer Centre
  • Friday 14th September Lymphatic System Care with Proserpine Massage Clinic
  • Friday 19th October – Skin Care during treatment with LiveLife Pharmacy
  • Friday 16th November – Natural Medicines and Appropriate Nutrition with Kissun Clinics.


  • Friday 15th February – Benefits of Exercise for people with Cancer with Moving Along Physiotherapy
  • Friday 15th March – Lymphatic System Care with Proserpine Massage Clinic
  • Friday 12th April – National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
  • Friday 14th June – Benefits of Relaxation and Meditation for people with Cancer with Find Your Place.

And we have the rest of the year booked with presentations.

We have partnered with Fairbairn Bakery once again to assist in creating some freshly bake cupcakes and we need your help.  Soon we will be sending out an order form for cupcakes.  You can choose to enlist your employees help to purchase a box of cupcakes (dozen per box) at $30 to share for morning tea.  Or you can choose to buy a couple of boxes and choose to sell them individually among your patrons and clients.  Or you can buy a box for work morning tea and a box to eat yourself…….we won’t tell, pinky promise.

How it works:

  • Email to get an order form sent to you.
  • Shout out to everyone in your office/ workplace and stick the poster up in the staffroom.
  • Put it on the staff meeting agenda to discuss how many to buy.
  • Fill in the form based on your requirements. It is so hard to choose, vanilla or red velvet, why not a box of both?
  • Return your form to our centre along with payment by Friday July 5, 2019. Cash or Direct Deposit are available
  • Your scrummy boxes of cupcakes will be delivered to your nominated address on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.
  • Enjoy!!