Reception in Support of Queensland’s Youth
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is Kaye’s and my absolute honour to welcome you all to Government House for this very special occasion.
First and foremost, tonight we memorably thank those dynamic organisations and individuals diligently working to enhance the wellbeing of Queensland’s youth.
From those who assist homeless young people and children affected by family violence, to those who nurture and care for the sick, to those who open their hearts and homes for and support those young people who can no longer live with their parents: you all present wonderfully as representatives of the Queenslanders that I am, as Governor, honoured to support and recognise.
My primary community duty is to promote our communities’ unifying values, and emphasize that these overwhelm those elements that divide us.
Your care and concern for our young people, particularly those who are at-risk, is one of the great ramparts for a cohesive, inclusive society. You bring your generosity to bear for the betterment of our young people, and our society. This is a truly wonderful thing.
Tonight has additional significance for Kaye and me. We are also Patron of a number of community organisations represented here.
In our dual capacities as Patron and Governor, we are reminded daily that Queenslanders are conspicuously resilient, inspirational and genuinely caring people.
This has been supremely evident over the past two weeks as I have toured regions immensely devastated by Tropical Cyclone Marcia. There is enormous spirit amongst the emergency services and volunteer efforts providing relief.
But that magnificent resilient and caring Queensland spirit is also evident in your daily work.
Your endeavours do not always attract the same public and media attention. That is why we are so honoured to have you all here tonight – to recognise your efforts, and, on behalf of all Queenslanders, to say “thank you”.
Finally, Kaye and I extend our gratitude to the members of the boards, all staff and volunteers, and the many supporters and donors, of the organisations you represent. You remind us that it is never too late to turn around the life of a child or young person, for their betterment, and that of our wider society. You are all truly wonderful people.