MUM Nancy Johnson has good reason to help celebrate the Endeavour Foundation’s 50th anniversary in Bundaberg next month.
Mrs Johnson said her daughter, Jody, now 54, had been involved in Endeavour Foundation programs since she finished school at 18, giving the family a 36-year history with the organisation.
“She worked in the workshop for several years, but now she’s in the Learning and Lifestyle program,” Mrs Johnson said.
Jody lives in Endeavour Foundation lodgings during the week and spends weekends with her mother.
“It gives her a life away from me, and it gives me a life too,” Mrs Johnson said.
Foundation clients in the Learning and Lifestyle program spend their time in activities such as doing crafts, playing board games, working on computers and doing cooking classes.
Mrs Johnson said many of the clients in the Learning and Lifestyle group were in the same age group as her daughter.
“We’ve even got five people who were in the first Endeavour Foundation group back in 1960,” she said.
Mrs Johnson has been compiling a history of the Endeavour Foundation in Bundaberg.
She said the organisation had its start in 1960, when 200 volunteers built the then Queensland Sub-Normal Children’s Welfare Association School in two days.
The school was named Bright Horizons, and in 1965, about 300 volunteers got together and built an extension on to the building in a day and a half.
“It would be lovely to have the volunteers who built to service come and see how it looks now, to see its transformation,” Mrs Johnson said.
Volunteers, family, staff, clients and friends past, present and future are invited to join in the commemoration on Friday, November 12 at 9 Nixon Street, from 9.30am to 10.30am.
There will be a free morning tea from 10.30am and open day activities. Anyone planning to attend should call 4131 9600 for catering purposes.