Creating new friendships, learning new skills and giving back to the local community are all fundamental components which make members of the Redcliffe branch of Education Service Association (ESA) a vital part of the peninsula community.
Having been operating on the peninsula for more than four decades, ESA Redcliffe has helped raise much-needed funds for Redcliffe Hospital as well as other community groups that help the less fortunate.
About Education Services Association Redcliffe
The Redcliffe branch of Education Service Association (ESA) Australia was founded on November 27, 1981.
The group was instigated by Jenny Hendricks, who invited her sister Diane Northey and some friends to form the new branch, which became known as Alpha Pi.
The Redcliffe branch is one of five in Queensland and is also part of ESA international.
ESA International has been running since 1929 when it was first chartered in Jacksonsville, Texas, as a way of preparing members to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.
Today, ESA continues to meet this goal through educational, leadership and service programs which are part of the group’s commitment to making a difference in their local community.
As part of their educational component, the group might visit an art gallery or a museum, take part in art and craft activities, visit a historic buildings on open days, as well as gather and listen to guest speakers on a wide variety of topics.
Many of the educational meetings are open to the public, especially when there is a topic that is of interest to the community.
Service to the local community is also a big focus of the ESA.
Members of the Redcliffe branch do this by being involved in a number of community projects. In the past, the group has raised funds for the Redcliffe Hospital Oncology Ward, The Breakfast Club of Redcliffe, Woody Point Special school, Deception Bay Community Centre, the local PCYC, St Vincent de Paul Society, the Salvation Army and the Australian Red Cross.
They have also helped to raise money for major charitable organisations such as Cancer Council Queensland and the Leukaemia Foundation.
Each year, the group hosts two major fundraisers including a trivia night in March followed by a spring fashion parade.
it also hosts regular sausage sizzles at Bunnings when the opportunity arises, as well as raising money through craft and book fairs.
Anyone who is over the age of 18 years can join, and the involvement of family and friends is welcomed.
Members get together on the first Thursday of the month at the Kallangur Tavern from 7pm.
You can sign up to become a member today to help make a difference in your life and lives of others by logging onto their website at https://esaaustralia.org/sign-up/
You can follow the group on Facebook by searching Alphapi ESA.
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