Toowoomba business Hallmark Property has won the 2017 Queensland Community Foundation (QCF) SME Philanthropist of the Year Award.

QCF Philanthropy Week is held to raise awareness of philanthropy and reward individuals and organisations that support community, voluntary, and charity groups across Queensland.

A broad and diverse range of people have benfitted greatly from the hard work and generosity of each of this year’s recipients of the awards.

Hallmark Property contributed over a million dollars to Vanguard Laundry Services and Teen Challenge.

Its donations helped ensure at-risk teenagers and people with mental illness were given the opportunity to work and be taken care of by the wider local community.

As well as the significant monetary support, Hallmark Property has also provided pro-bono advice and services to both groups for a number of years, including provision of business contacts, mentoring opportunities, employee time, and its board’s support to create substantial and lasting community change.

Peter Carne, The Public Trustee of Queensland and the trustee for the QCF, said the awards attract a large number of nominations and act as a showcase for the great variety of individuals and groups who are giving back to the community.

“This is our seventh year running the awards and we continue to be impressed by the exceptional quality of the nominations we receive,” said Carne.

“Each year the awards reinforce to all that the spirit of giving in Queensland is constantly gaining in strength.”

Other awardees include Queensland Rail; Bernard Curran, chair of The Crèche and Kindergarten Association and Prince Charles Hospital Foundation; Marissa Vecchio, owner of Hanworth House and president/chair of Zonta International, and Roy and Nola Thompson, founders of the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service.

Read about Relay for Life Toowoomba here.