Category: Logan/Beenleigh

After the rain…

Two weeks ago our outreach venue in Beenleigh went under water. The local train station where the Rosies community meet was completely flooded. Patrons and volunteers alike suffered from the weather conditions but remain in good spirits.

The Beenleigh Rosies teams went back on the street as soon as they possibly could. As a matter of fact our wonderful volunteers were outreaching again as soon as last Thursday.

Few of our patrons, among the most regulars, joined the outreach.  Many were unsure we would be back so quickly after the deluge. On Saturday our friends on the street came in large numbers to share a cup of coffee and a bun. Some asked for blankets as the temperatures have cooled down significantly since the floods. Others were looking for toiletries.  Passerbys stopped joined us and mingled with the crowd. A beautiful community!

The local community has been very supportive. A lovely couple baked some beautiful cupcakes to be handed out at our Thursday outreach. People might be going through tough times and appreciate the support they receive from the Rosies family. Some want to show their appreciation by bringing a little bit of sunshine to our outreaches whether it is a smile, a ‘thank you for being here’, or lovely cupcakes.

Thank you Beenleigh for showing such resilience and great love. Happy Easter!

Rosies at the Broncos

Rosies visited the Broncos this morning.

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.

Best of luck in the draw!

Broncos help Rosies celebrate 30th Birthday

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.

Conviviality and team work

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

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.

Logan Branch – A clean cut for a smile

street-barber-webAsmir 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.

Beenleigh branch – Hard work bears many fruits

bbq-beenleigh-web-friends-on-the-streetIn 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!

Beenleigh branch – A fresh start for Beenleigh

rosies_beenleigh_a_fresh_startAfter 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

Logan Branch – A team recognition and achievement

logan 1Congratulations 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!

Logan Branch – outreach room renovation

logan_outreach_room_rosies_friends_on_the_streetOur 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!