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.
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).
New life in Beenleigh. It started with our first Christmas outreach in 2016 and has blossomed in 2017. The support of Logan Village Family Favourites Bakery and the Sikh community along with Chatswood Hills Sate School and some wonderful families has been crucial in catering for a growing number of patrons. Bob, a regular patron, has taken on the role of photographer capturing the smiling faces of the young patrons receiving their gifts.
Asmir is a barber by trade and a ‘street barber’ by heart in Logan. He kindly and generously offers his time and talent to our many friends on the street. A clean cut is one of the ‘little’ things that makes a world of difference for those who often miss out on what most of us take for granted. Asmir, like many volunteers, and community services, gives his time and gift – in return for a smile – to those in need in the community with Rosies.
In our previous edition we introduced Lisa, our new branch coordinator in Beenleigh, who recently helped move us to a new outreach room. Rosies volunteers are working hard to improve our local street van outreach services to those in need. Thanks to their efforts they are doubling the number of patrons they support. The word is definitely getting out there. The branch also teamed up with the team in Logan for a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle to support both branches. Awesome work guys!
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.
Congratulations to our Rosies Logan branch being a finalist of the Davida Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Organisation in Logan City.Rosies Logan branch coordinator, Margaret, accepted the award from Mayor Luke Smith at the ceremony in May. Congratulations to all our wonderful volunteers in Logan. What a beautiful way to celebrate the branch’s 10 year anniversary!
Our Logan team are most excited to have a new storage room. None more so than our wonderful Branch coordinator, Margaret Harvey, as for the last ten years she has been using her own garage to store items. A big thanks to you Margaret. Thanks to the generosity of the Department of Communities (Gam
bling Community Benefit Fund), renovations of the new demountable were completed over Autumn.
Matt Byrne, Q99 Constructions and Brisbane branch volunteer, was extremely accommodating to schedule the works around the needs of the St Paul’s Primary and other users of the area. The team are now enjoying their new spacious storage facility, which in turn will enable more material support for our many friends on the street. What a brilliant way to mark our ten-year anniversary of our Logan branch!
Maureen [pictured] joined Rosies ten years ago at the very beginning of our Logan Beenleigh branch. She was introduced to Rosies through her parish, which initially held a few meetings to introduce Rosies and its activities in the hope that a new branch would start. Today, Rosies Logan team are pleased to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Maureen was first involved in the Logan street van outreach, and four years ago joined the Beenleigh court support team.
“Although open to all, the court support outreach in Beenleigh is essentially addressed to children and young adults. The youngsters often refer to them as the ‘Woollies or Coles boys’. It is often where they work and where they commit their mischief. As we do on street outreach, we offer coffee, tea, or milo, and a chat.”
Visitors must come through the door to a very narrow room where our volunteers are stationed in the Beenleigh court. Some often have an initial lack of respect until they get to know our court angels. Maureen recalls one particular tall young boy coming through the door and helping himself without acknowledging the volunteers.
“We told him he should say ‘hello’ and politely ask to be looked after. He looked down on us and walked off. He came back later on. It was a bit daunting. This time however, the boy stopped at the door and politely asked to be served another coffee. It is heartbreaking to see the same kids coming again repeatedly; to witness that boy we met a year ago, who has grown up and yet again faces the judge. It is even more difficult to see what the mothers who accompanied them are going through. On the bright side others really turn their lives around.
We occasionally meet some of them who are now helping their ‘brothers’ bounce back with their lives. The court support is different each time. At the street van outreach (in Logan), I constantly meet the same people. It is a little community. The development of the branch over the last ten years has been fantastic. It is amazing to see the support of the community. Now, so many other organisations regularly join us on the street.”
The Friday night street outreach in Logan today resembles a small pop-up village as various services join Rosies to connect with our many friends – from laundry and hairdressing services, to food, and street doctors present.
“I think people appreciate what is done for them. I do what I do simply because I can. People feel the difference. It is amazing what a presence and a few little words can achieve. We too often underestimate the impact of loneliness and social exclusion. People want to be around with someone. To me Rosies is about being approachable, to just be there.”
Thank you Maureen, and all our wonderful volunteers. Your support of Rosies and our many friends makes the difference.