The Queensland Community Foundation (QCF) is looking for individuals in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs who volunteer their time and money for the good of others.

Nominations are being sought for the Philanthropy Awards, a kind of Oscars for philanthropists run each year. The awards recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to a charity or community service through donating time, money, or inspiring generosity in others.

The QCF was established more than 20 years ago as an enduring source of funds to serve those in need. In 2015, a QCF sub-fund was established locally – the Toowoomba Regional Community Fund (TRCF).

TRCF chair Joy Mingay said being generous in helping others is something we should all support and celebrate.

“Toowoomba people have an incredibly giving spirit, and we have a lot of local philanthropists who generously donate their time and money to help others,” she said.

“The Awards honour community members and organisations throughout Queensland who make outstanding philanthropic contributions. I’d love to see some nominees from our local region being recognised for their good work.

“Last year’s QCF SME Philanthropist of the Year was Hallmark Property from Toowoomba, who were nominated by Vanguard Landry Services. I’m hoping to see more winners from the Darling Downs this year.”

There are five award categories including corporate, small business, community, emerging, and higher education.

Nominations close Friday 23 March, with the winners to be announced and presented at an event held in Brisbane in June.

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