Our annual ‘Christmas in July’ gathering was held once again for one and all to enjoy. Tables were loaded with blankets and warm clothing (socks, beanies, scarves, jackets etc), hygiene items, dry goods and hot food, soup, pizza, and garlic bread. With about 55 patrons and a number of Rosies’ volunteers in support, a busy time of eating and chatting to old friends and new chums alike. The supply of blankets, beanies and scarves exceeded demand – the balance being repacked and distributed to others in need via The Downs and West Charity group whom Rosies have supported on previous occasions. These items were passed on to Sister Christine just in time for her planned visit to Aboriginal communities in Central Queensland. Those outreach missions were in urgent need of warm clothing for the frosty inland winter. A huge thank you to the local community for their overwhelming support.
Find out more about our branches.
Rosies Toowoomba branch receive wonderful community support including being generously assisted by the South Toowoomba Apex Club. Each month they cook a BBQ for the Sunday outreach with the Club members providing all food and delicious home cooked treats for the enjoyment of our many friends. Recently the Rosies branch was presented with a cheque for $500 from the Apex Club to be used to purchase a fridge/ freezer for the safe storage of food while at outreaches. The President of Apex Georgia Soutar presented the cheque to Annette and Fay (Toowoomba Coordinating Team) at the Apex Changeover Ball. We sincerely thank Apex for their continued support and generous gift.
Find out more about our Toowoomba branch
Ipswich branch received huge support from the local community this Winter! The Catalyst Church Women’s group collected toiletry items for our Ipswich Branch. Members of the Ipswich Catholic Community donated much needed supplies of cordial, biscuits and noodles. Meanwhile, Chalk Electrical held their Winter Warmer promotion to support Rosies and our many friends on the street. Younger groups helped out as well with students from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Social Justice Group raising funds and supplies to support the branch and make a difference. Students at Bremer State High School did their bit as well, donating toiletries and other goods. An excellent demonstration by everyone of what ‘community’ really means. Well done!
Rosies was the charity of choice at the Viva Festival in Surfers Paradise on Sunday, 10 July. Thanks Elvis and the Gospel Choir for an extremely uplifting morning. Thank you to everyone who donated, we raised over $1,000.This amount will keep one of our Rosies’ street outreach vans running for a month. Thank you also to the Surfers Paradise Alliance for nominating Rosies as a charity of choice for your wonderful events.
Find out more about our branches.
Rosies recently worked with the local council to find an alternative venue for our outreach to offer an efficient service to our friends on the street whilst being mindful of local businesses that had expressed concerns over the influx of people in the popular tourist area. All parties agreed on a new location that will satisfy everyone. As a consequence, the Rosies van has now moved to Council Park on Draper Street, Cairns.
St Benedict’s College in Burpengary showed wonderful interest in joining our Student Engagement Program. Helen, our Coordinator in Caboolture, recently made a presentation to the school. She was astonished by the response and motivation of the students and staff members.
We received a donation of blankets from a Rosies friend called Julie for winter. It was Julie’s birthday and her sister asked her what she would like. Julie replied that she didn’t need anything, but perhaps her sister could buy some blankets for the homeless and Julie would donate these to Rosies. This was a generous act; but what makes it remarkable is that Julie is a full time carer for her quadriplegic husband. To say that she “didn’t need anything” is extraordinarily selfless. Thank you, Julie.
We have some wonderful supporters at Rosies and we thank you all for your support. Our supporters are wonderful – thank you. We still have urgent need of some other supplies for our many friends on the street.
After much discussion it was decided to split the Logan Woodridge and Beenleigh outreaches to better support our many local friends. Lisa Hingst is the new Volunteer Branch Coordinator for the Beenleigh branch. The branch has many regular friends.
Logan Village Family Bakery has been a keen supporter of our Thursday night Beenleigh team for many years now. We are also blessed with hot meals from Dine with Joy who has a café in Loganholme and we have only just recently accepted the goodwill of Holmview Bakery for our Saturday night teams. I would like our patrons to be sure that apart from our friendship they will also receive a hot drink and something to eat at all outreaches. It is very important that they can depend upon us when there may be no one else.
Find out more about the Beenleigh branch
The official launch was held on Friday, August 5. It was an occasion to celebrate the outstanding effort of our Bayside community to help get these outreach services up and running to support this local need. It was also an opportunity to thank our local partners. Sunstate Cement and their suppliers for providing seed funding. The Anglican Parish of St Paul’s in Manly for our outreach room. Don Barton, long term supporter who generously donated a new van. Iona College community raised funds for us to fit out and brand the van. Bartons Motor Group (no relation) provided good services and a great deal. Bruce, one of the Wynnum Manly branch coordinators said he is really proud of the local community and has received positive feedback from the volunteers who have enjoyed the first outreach services held in late July.
Rosies has joined “Family Fridays” at the Mareeba Community church on Friday evenings. On the first night there were about seventy five children and adults in attendance. Rosies held a sausage cook up as an initial opening night event. Future participation will see Rosies there with cuppas of milo, tea or coffee and food as this is an integral part of socializing and easiest way to offer friendship. The venture is a combined effort to take something into the community.
Atherton is continuing to provide an outreach service on the first and third Saturday of each month. The Atherton branch meets with our friends on the street in Main Street, Atherton again providing friendship and a sense of belonging along with a cuppa and a chat