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New Coordinator appointed

The QCoal Foundation has welcomed new Program Coordinator Rachel Stewart to the team.

Rachel brings to the role more than 25 years’ experience in managing stakeholder, media and public relations across the public and private sector.

Originally from Clermont in Central Queensland, Rachel will oversee and develop the Foundation’s profile and manage its statewide Community Grant Program.

Rachel said growing up in a regional community was a great experience, and also gave her insight into the barriers people outside the city face when trying to access health services and other opportunities.

“When I first heard about the Foundation, particularly its support of the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s free mobile dental clinic, I was impressed because I knew this was definitely an area of need,” she said.

“I also value the Foundation’s social venture approach to building community resilience by responding to what local people and organisations think is a priority.”

Chief Executive Officer Sylvia Bhatia said the Foundation’s focus on supporting community-led projects in the areas of health, education and liveability was making a difference.

“The QCoal Foundation has contributed $3.9 million in direct community grant funding over the past 8 years towards initiatives that have positively impacted people’s lives in different ways, which is something we’re very proud of,” she said.

“On top of this funding, the Foundation is the Founding Donor of the RFDS Dental Service and has partnered with the Financial Basics Foundation to give Year 7 students free access to financial skills training, to help set them up for life.”

Applications for the final round of Community Spirit grants for 2019 close on August 31. To apply click here.