From November 2015

Rosies National Newsletter Summer 2015-2016

summer_2015-2016_national_newsletter_homelesseness_queenslandThe Rosies Newsletter is out now and available for download – click here for your copy!

Our front cover tells the story of Jane who unexpectedly lost her husband, David*. He was only 59 and had been struggling after having being laid off work. Jane, 58, and David had worked hard their whole lives. Raised a family. Built a home. A life. Then it was all gone. It only took missing a few loan repayments and now Jane is about to become homeless. Older single women are the new face of homelessness in Australia as suggested by a recent study.

In this edition we join our Court Angels at the Southport court. Our court support outreach has been running for 25 years.

We also cover the latest updates across our branches, including Logan celebrating their 10 year anniversary.

While you’re at it, why not print out a copy to leave in the lunch room?

Schoolies Chill out with Rosies

An estimated 25,000 young people are taking part in this year’s Gold Coast Schoolies week. A big thank you to our dedicated volunteers who are manning Rosies’ ‘Recharge Zone’.

Our Rosies team of volunteers provide a staggering 8,000 cups of water each night as well as comfort to many participants. Hydration is especially important for the youngsters who are enjoying themselves after a long day in the sun.

Plus, many of the participants come from outside the Coast including from regional Queensland . For some it is their first time far from home in a crowded environment. Rosies; presence provides comfort for some overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of the hyper-activity of the week.

Conversation with a responsible adult in a safe environment is often one of the greatest therapies.

Rosies is the longest serving community organisation supporting the Gold Coast Schoolies Community Response Program. The program is a response to the week-long celebration with the aim to make it as manageable and safe as possible for school leavers and the local community.

We thank all our volunteers who are taking part in the Safety Response, with a special mention to Vacen Taylor, our Schoolies coordinator, who also provided training for all our volunteers.

Rosies launches Cairns Christmas Appeal

rosies_cairns_Dunwoody's Tavern_ChristmasRosies Cairns Branch, supporting those who are marginalised within our community – especially those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or simply lonely, has launched its Christmas Appeal today after accepting a very generous donation of $500 from Dunwoody’s Fishing Club.

The money, along with another kind donation of $500 from Dunwoody’s Tavern, kick starts preparation for a special Christmas Day gathering for up to 100 homeless people in Cairns this year, which Rosies is organising in partnership with Anglicare.

Rosies’ Cairns Branch Coordinator, Susan Doye, said Christmas is traditionally a time for family get-togethers and celebrations but it is also an opportunity to think about those less fortunate in our community.

“With the support of many generous people in our community we have been running a Christmas Day event in Cairns for the homeless for some years – it conveys a message that Cairns cares,” Ms Doye said.

“The event will be held in the grounds of St John the Evangelist Anglican Church at the corner of Lake and Minnie streets from 4-6pm on Christmas Day,” she said.

Ms Doye said it was also good to recognise that Rosies, Anglicare, and other support agencies would be connecting to work together this Christmas to support those in need. Families, individuals, workplaces, and organisations can get involved by donating.

Most needed are Christmas items for take-away food parcels such as tinned food (ham, fish, puddings etc), sweets, savoury snacks, biscuits, nuts, soft drinks, juices. Items for Christmas presents suitable for a variety of ages from toys and puzzles, through to t-shirts,  caps, other clothing items, backpacks, cups, pens, books, magazines. Items should be new and unwrapped. Monetary donations will be used to buy cold and fresh items (chicken, ham, bread rolls etc).

“Those wanting to make an online donation visit Rosies website and specify in the space provided that donation is for the Cairns Christmas Appeal,” Ms Doye said.

Dunwoody’s Fishing Club representative, Anthony Crathern said the Club was delighted to make the first monetary donation towards Rosies’ Christmas Appeal.

“Being involved in fishing guarantees we will have a great Christmas but this was a great opportunity to help ensure that others who are less fortunate will have an opportunity to have a great Christmas too,” he said.

Click here to read the article from the Cairns Post.

Sunstate Cement teed off for Rosies

Some 100 supplier and business representatives, managers, and CEOs took part in Sunstate Cement’s annual Charity Gold Day at the Wynnum Golf Club on Friday, 30 October. Sunstate Cement and their gold participants were eager to give back to local community and kindly nomminated Rosies as their charity of choice. The Charity Gold Day was magnificently organised by the Sunstate Cement team and from Rosies perspective was a huge success!