Rosies- friends on the street was Broncos charity partner at the last NRL round as part of the Catholic charity’s 30th birthday. A regiment of Rosies volunteers from all over South East Queensland took over Suncorp Stadium on March 24 for the game against the Raiders.
Meanwhile a couple of Broncos players, Tevita Pangai and Gehamat Shibasaki, joined the charity on outreach in Brisbane city.
“It was great to get in there and see what a shift involves for the Rosies volunteers,” said Pangai.
“It’s much more than just offering drinks and snacks. It’s also about friendship and being there for people to chat to.”
Pangai and Gehamat embraced the complete volunteer experience from prebrief to debrief. They helped cleaned and restocked the van after taking part to the outreach.
“The players were willing to help every step of the way and interacted with our patrons effortlessly when we pulled up in the city,” said Sarah Corbett Brisbane Branch Co-ordinator.
“It was really rewarding to see the faces of some of our patrons when they spotted the players operating the coffee and tea machine.”
Broncos help Rosies celebrate 30th Birthday – Broncos
For more than three decades Rosies has been helping those doing it tough so let’s help make their 30th birthday one to remember this Friday night when the Broncos take on the Raiders.
You can help the Broncos support the not-for-profit organisation by simply entering the 50/50 Charity Raffle, which last game saw a lucky fan pocket an incredible $11,800!
Rosies provides friends on the street to help create a sense of belonging for those who are homeless, marginalised, or simply lonely.
This heartfelt service provided to Queensland communities is only possible thanks to more than 1,200 Rosies’ volunteers who give up their time to assist others.
Each month 240 Rosies’ teams hit the streets, the courts as well as youth detention and women’s correctional facilities. By sharing their time, a cuppa, a snack, some basic toiletries and blankets, volunteers help those who are socially isolated feel supported. You never know when life may take a turn for the worse.
Rosies’ volunteers do this by being there, night after night, week after week.
On Friday night 60 of these generous volunteers will be at the Broncos vs Raiders game selling tickets in the 50/50 Charity Raffle so make sure you say hello and buy a ticket to support this great cause.
The lucky winner will walk away with half the total ticket sales – the other half is donated to the Brisbane Broncos Charity Fund and Rosies.
50/50 Ticket Prices
3 tickets for $5
7 tickets for $10
16 tickets for $20
45 tickets for $50.
The Broncos have been playing for nearly 30 years and Rosies has been helping Queenslanders doing it tough for 30 years. Rosies Patron, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove has seen first-hand its army of volunteers making a difference on the street and off the street.
Rosies will be raising funds and awareness to support the work of its 1,200 volunteers at the Broncos v Raiders home blockbuster this Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.
Since 1987, yes 30 years, Rosies – Friends on the Street has been sharing friendship and creating a sense of belonging for those who are homeless, marginalised, or simply lonely. Our volunteers share friendship with everyone and anyone without prejudice or discrimination in 11 communities across Queensland.
Each month 240 Rosies teams go out on the street, to the courts, youth detention and women’s correctional facilities. By sharing their time, a cuppa, a snack and some basic toiletries and blankets, Rosies helps those who are socially isolated build self-confidence and feel supported as they strive to improve their lot. You never know when life may take a turn for the worse and when someone finds the need of friendship and support. Rosies does this by being there, night by night, week by week. There is no off-season for those in need.
Rosies is a not-for-profit mission whose operation is funded 98% by community donations. Over 60 Rosies volunteers will be selling tickets in the 50/50 Charity Raffle this Friday night for this wonderful mission.
One lucky winner will walk away with half the total ticket sales with the other half going to the Brisbane Broncos Charity Fund and Rosies – Friends on the Street.
The Rosies Newsletter is out now and available for download – click here for your copy!
In this edition we continue to celebrate our 30th birthday. Rosies General Manager Andrew offers us a spiritual refresher based on a reflection on the Rosies Prayer.
On the journey we meet with some inspiring figures such as Nicole who raised funds to support Rosies and our many friends on the street with a recipe book she made. We also thank Mrs Pagan in Toowoomba for her amazing support despite living 400 kms from her nearest Rosies branch!
We also put the spotlight on a young team in our youngest outreaches Annerley
Last but not least, we bring you the latest news from our 11 branches across Queensland.
Don’t forget to read about our volunteer and friend’s stories. While you’re at it, why not print out a copy to leave in the lunch room?
Wynnum Manly shared Christmas on the Street for the first time in 2016 (photo below). Bags from Share the Dignity, hampers from Wellington Manor and Ausbuild were distributed amongst our patrons. Thanks everyone for helping us help others. The support keeps coming with the Port of Brisbane Rotary hosting an Auction of Promises at Villanova Park on March 18 which will extend the network of friendship and giving.
The branch has been nominated as charity of choice by the Red Rose Fund for their upcoming Gala Ball ‘Voyage a Paris‘. to be held in Toowoomba on June 16. What an inspirational group of women giving back to their community!
The ongoing support from the Toowoomba community ensures that three nights a week friendship is shared around the community BBQ.
Christmas on the Street typifies the friendship network which continues to blossom wherever Rosies outreaches. In Caloundra, some 25 volunteers joined forces with Club Kawana (baked dinner), Barber’s Shed (free grooming), Rotary Club (special hampers), family (special gifts) and Orange Sky Laundry. Of course, this spirit of giving continues in 2017 for our very appreciative patrons.
Christmas on the Street in Logan is a tradition and 2016 was no exception. All our patrons and volunteers, young and old alike shared stories; and they can because they know we are friends all year round. Rosies’ unique contribution to the Logan community was beautifully featured on the ABC TV Breakfast showing the wonderful collaboration between our team and other services to provide a one stop shop to our friends on the street. The story was also covered in the evening bulletin (watch below).
St Peter Claver College, in partnership with the University of Southern Queensland, presented Packages with Purpose to Rosies Ipswich Coordinator, Barry Rienecker. Led by the Social Justice Group, the entire school community donated hygiene items to Rosies. A tremendous contribution from the school and its community!
The Gold Coast Annual Christmas Party was once again a great success. Patrons came from far and wide to join with Rosies to celebrate this special time of year. Special thanks to Nonna’s, Ardent Leisure (QI) and Gold Coast Community Fund for being the main sponsor. A huge thanks to Bekkie O’Connor for being our awesome singer who stepped in at only a few hours notice. A great time was enjoyed by all.