Former NSW Police Commissioner guest speaker at 2017 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast

Former New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione AO APM, pictured, is the guest speaker for this year’s Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, May 9 at Rumours International.

Former New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione AO APM, pictured, is the guest speaker for this year’s Mayoral Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, May 9 at Rumours International.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio today also announced proceeds from the 25th annual function would be split between new regional cancer support group Hope Horizons and United Synergies, which oversees the Toowoomba Youth Service.

Tickets are on sale now. (see full details below).

“Mr Scipione recently retired after 10 years as the New South Wales Police Commissioner and his visit to Toowoomba will be one of his first public functions since leaving the top post,” Mayor Antonio said.

“His broad experience in the Police Service has provided him with a keen insight into leadership, particularly in a large public service organisation, and involved dealing with the full spectrum of the community.

“Mr Scipione will discuss lessons he took from his varied Police career and his earlier working life, including time as a young electrician.

“Throughout his life Mr Scipione has been guided by a deep faith, stemming from his involvement with the Baptist Church.

“His address will outline how these values have shaped and directed his approach to dealing with major police events such as the Cronulla riots, the Lindt café siege and other more personal matters.

“I’m sure his story of leaving school at 15 following the death of his father and his family’s trials and tribulations after arriving in Australia as ten pound Poms will serve as an inspiration.”

Mayor Antonio said he was pleased funds from this year’s breakfast would be distributed to help clients of Toowoomba Youth Service and fledgling integrated cancer support service Hope Horizons.

Toowoomba Youth Service, under the umbrella of Australian parent group United Synergies, offers a range of family and youth support services.

The group, which this year celebrates 35 years of active community work in Toowoomba, is dedicated to helping homeless young people find accommodation, engage in education, training or employment in addition to providing family support services to strengthen family units.

United Synergies also operates the National Standby Response Service, which specialises in helping people and communities deal with, and recover from, the effects of suicide.

Hope Horizons is a new charity that is assembling a professional support network to help people through all stages of cancer diagnosis, treatment, recovery or hospice care.

The Toowoomba group is fundraising to establish a dedicated wellness centre for the holistic treatment and care of people with cancer.

The committee aims to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.

“The Mayoral Prayer Breakfast highlights the everyday work of many community and charity groups that often go unnoticed by the wider community,” Mayor Antonio said.

“Thankfully, the Toowoomba region is blessed with a strong network of committed organisations and people who are ready and willing to assist people through challenging periods.”

Mayor Antonio paid tribute to suppliers and sponsors who continued to provide priceless assistance to the fundraiser.

“Many supporters, such as TAFE South West, Rumours and numerous food suppliers such as Betros Brothers, have been loyal and valuable backers from the first function. I again thank all business people and volunteers for contributing to the function which has raised almost $270,000 for more than 30 charities in this region.”

Residents are invited to join the community breakfast at Rumours International, 323 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba from 6am on May 9.

Prices are unchanged at $22 for adults and $12 for school-age children.

Tickets can be purchased at Council’s Little Street Customer Service Centre in Toowoomba from 8.30am to 5pm on weekdays.

Tickets also can be bought by calling 131 872 or via Council’s website by visiting 

All credit cards, except Diners Club and American Express, can be used.

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