Springwood church’s community group celebrates 40 years of service and community

Past and present leaders L to R: Isabel Wolf, Kay Fairall, Jenny Spivey and Betty Jones.

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Springwood Adventist Church’s community group (Qld) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Founded by Kaye Fairall, the group has brought people from diverse backgrounds together every Tuesday at Ivan Lovell Hall since 1983.

Led by Betty Jones since 2017, the gatherings also feature a variety of programs, including guest speakers, bus trips, workshops and games. Attracting members of the community, half of the participants are not directly affiliated with the church.

According to church and group member Kristiina Somerville, the group is also dedicated to community service. They provide financial support to the community through sales events that, so far, have raised funds for various charities, including Animals Welfare, Mission Possible and Braille House. Donations have also been directed to farmers affected by the drought.

The Cancer Council was the beneficiary of the group’s recent “Biggest Morning Tea” fundraiser, which raised $A1250 through donations and plant sales.

“Attendees enjoyed a delicious morning tea, fun quizzes and learned valuable health tips from Sonya Goltz, a registered nurse and lifestyle medicine professional,” said Ms Somerville.

According to Sonya Goltz, another church and group member, the group has also received praise for its friendly and caring atmosphere. “One heartwarming incident involved Betty inviting a sad stranger to the group, who eventually became a regular attendee and experienced positive changes,” said Ms Goltz.

“The group serves as a great platform for making new friends, having fun and learning new things,” added Ms Somerville.

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