Grand Plaza friends welcome newest members at lunch

THE newest members of Friends of Grand Plaza were welcomed at an unveiling and lunch in the newly-renovated food court of the Brown’s Plains centre on July 11.

GRAND GATHERING: Gary Whitlock, Peta Jordan, Jenny Wade and Vyv Dance. Photos: Supplied

GRAND GATHERING: Gary Whitlock, Peta Jordan, Jenny Wade and Vyv Dance. Photos: Supplied

Among the many recognised were Senior Sergeant Peta Jordan, who created a video tackling key issues around domestic and family violence in eight languages.

In order to break down barriers and create awareness around the help that is available, the video has been rolled out across Queensland and interstate.

Justine Christerson of Rural Patient Support was also welcomed. The organisation supports families travelling to Brisbane for treatment in hospital.

“It's amazing how the smallest amount of kindness can put a colossal burst of sunshine in someone's life,” Ms Chritserson said.

“There’s a huge gap for rural folk travelling to Brisbane for healthcare, and I am hoping to fill it.

“I have made many new friends as a result of supporting them as a patient or as family of a patient.”

Also recognised was Nat Millar, who runs Mums n’ Bubs Logan, which she started in order to get out of the house and not feel isolated as a stay-at-home-parent.

“I have seen first-hand how beautiful, generous and caring the women of Logan are,” Ms Millar said.

“My group is family to some members. I try my very best to help everyone.

”Eight years ago I could not have told you what I was passionate about, but now I know. It is helping the women of Logan.”

Gary and Julie Whitlock – who have been working on a project restoring bikes which are then re-gifted to members of the community who need them – were also welcomed.

“I think the most special thing about this area is the diversity. There are people from all walks of life, from many different communities. As a whole, everyone seems to get along quite nicely,” Mr Whitlock said.