Dinner in Support of Vice-Regal Patronage Organisations with Ties to the United Kingdom
Distinguished guests, good evening.
Graeme and I are delighted to have the opportunity to meet you all and commend you for improving the lives of others through the organisations you represent here in the United Kingdom.
Since being sworn in as the 27th Governor of Queensland in November 2021, it has been my honour, with Graeme, to take on patronage of 164 diverse charitable or not-for-profit organisations.
The positive impact of their work reaches into almost every conceivable part of our State’s communities, ensuring those who require assistance have somewhere to turn. The special relationship this creates can be life changing, and often, life saving.
Many of our remarkable patronage organisations in Queensland maintain enduring links to their British counterparts. While your individual charters may differ, you share a common vision to support and champion those you serve.
From the Arts, education and healthcare, to service provision and the power of networking, you are fostering innovation, bringing people together, and finding better, more equitable pathways to protect and enrich lives.
This evening’s dinner allows us to celebrate this rich connection between the United Kingdom and Queensland, and for me to gratefully acknowledge the value of the heritage and traditions that beneficially strengthen this special bond.
The effect of this relationship is tangible and transformative.
A few evenings ago, at a dinner for Inspiring Queenslanders, Graeme and I were pleased to meet two of our talented performing artists who have been so generously supported by the Tait Memorial Trust.
Graeme and I also participated in the ANZAC weekend “Run Army” event—raising funds for Legacy Brisbane, whose important work is bolstered in the United Kingdom and Europe by the efforts of London Legacy.
These few examples – of which there are many more – highlight the spirit of friendship that underpins your organisations and ties them – so favourably, and in a myriad of ways – to Queensland.
Thank you all again for fostering and enhancing this strong kinship we share. I wish you well in your future endeavours.