New partnership program being launched to benefit community
A NEW program of activities and support to plug the gaps for those struggling in the community is being launched in Roma.
Seeds of Connection is the inspiration of charitable foundation Highways and Byways - A Community of Service, in partnership with Megan Brown of Chandra Yoga and Wellbeing.
This initiative has its roots in 75 plus years of work supporting those who are marginalised and vulnerable, by the Missionary Sisters of Service, an Australian Catholic Congregation. Their mission took them across vast areas of rural Australia including 55 years in south central and western Queensland. Highways and Byways – A Community of Service is the Sisters mission organisation charged with carrying on their impact into the future, responding to the needs of now.
“We have always stayed open to reading the signs of the times”, said Sister Stancea Vichie, the leader of the MSS Congregation.
“Through Seeds of Connection our motto – Into the Highways and Byways – will live on”.
Executive Officer of Highways and Byways, Liz McAloon said that after a number of years of contributing small grants to rural communities, this is their first longer term project partnering with a local organisation,
“We are delighted to be working with Megan Brown,” she said.
“Megan’s centre Chandra Yoga and Wellbeing is already a welcoming and inclusive environment.
“This partnership will enable more programs and activities to address areas such as social isolation of older people, young people’s disengagement in the community, and those who are vulnerable through mental health challenges.”
Megan Brown of Chandra Yoga and Wellbeing said she is excited to be part of the project.
“I really resonate with the Sisters and Highways and Byways a lot,” she said.
“I feel like I hold a lot of the same values and am invested in my community as well.”
Megan’s business started as a pure yoga enterprise but through her grassroots and welcoming approach, being open to opportunity and need, Chandra Yoga and Wellbeing has now developed more into a community centre.
The centre now runs all sorts of community orientated activities including women’s groups, low cost yoga sessions for older community members, youth groups and community garden activities.
Megan will be mentored throughout the program by Injune community member Jenny Coggan who was a long association with the Missionary Sisters of Service over many years.
The Seeds of Connection programs will be officially launched by Emeritus Bishop Bill Morris at Chandra Yoga and Wellbeing on March 10 at 10am, with some of the Missionary Sisters of Service and members of Highways and Byways in attendance.
All community members are welcome.
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