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1 June 2014
In celebration of Queensland Week, Endeavour Foundation has today received a prestigious award for the Queensland Institution of the Year in recognition of the valuable services, support and advocacy provided to Queenslanders with a disability and their families.
The Queensland Greats Awards acknowledge individuals and institutions whose long-term or lifetime achievements played a significant role in the history and development of Queensland.
Endeavour Foundation Chief Executive Officer David Barbagallo said it was a great honour to receive the award and acknowledge the strong foundations the organisation has in Queensland.
Since 1951 Endeavour Foundation had changed in almost every regard, expect in its unswerving commitment to people with an intellectual disability and to advocacy, Mr Barbagallo said.
“Endeavour Foundation has changed and evolved continuously throughout its existence, altering its shape and course in response to the requirements and interests of people with a disability, families and the community,” he said.
“The drive and innovation is evident in its beginnings is an enduring hallmark of Endeavour Foundation culture. It’s evident today through our active involvement in the establishment and evolution of the NDIS; and commitment to research and major projects that inform and support the greater sector to evolve the quality and relevance of its services.
“Our focus is to provide opportunities for people with a disability so they may participate in the everyday life of the community. We want to enrich their lives, their families and engage and educate the community about disability.”
Mr Barbagallo said Endeavour Foundation was one of Queensland’s oldest charities, founded by a courageous group of parents who refused to accept their children with an intellectual disability couldn’t be educated.
“Forming a makeshift school on a veranda of a house in Brisbane, these parents educated their children, raised funds and advocated for change so that their children could have the choices of an ordinary life,” he said.
“Through their early efforts, the organisation has grown into one of the leading disability support services in the country. We thank everyone who has played an important role in Endeavour Foundation’s journey over the past six decades.”
The Queensland Greats recipients were recognised with commemorative plaques displayed at Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane.
The Queensland Greats Awards are held as part of Queensland Week celebrations, running from 1-9 June 2013.
Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting people with a disability in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. This includes accommodation, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities. Find out more at endeavour.com.au.
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