Rosies Beenleigh coordinator, Lisa share with us her day.

“What an exciting Australia Day I had. I attended the City of Logan Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards as I was nominated and judged to be part of the celebration for the 2018 Citizen of the Year for my work with ROSIES FRIENDS ON THE STREET, youth diabetes and mental health.

It was an honour to stand on the stage alongside some amazing people who give their time to do what they love. Huge congratulations go to Aunty Peggy who won and who has worked tirelessly with Education Queensland for many years as well as working with women and children who are victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

The nomination for this Award is not about me but about community and friendship both

on and off the street! It’s about the volunteers who make Rosies happen each and every Thursday and Saturday, the Logan businesses who donate food (Logan Village Family Favourites Bakery, Dine with Joy, bakeries in Beenleigh and Marsden), the Sikh family who make sandwiches and delivers fruit to outreaches, Pat who sews our hygiene packs and fills them with generous donations from our community, Windaroo Valley High and a teacher named Karen Gardyne who organises student donations of all of our long life milk, as well as the Beenleigh Region Uniting Church who took us in when we found ourselves homeless! My volunteer role is really easy and it’s exciting to be coordinating our Rosies family in Beenleigh.

Thanks to everyone for your congratulations and for working with me to keep on giving!”

Rosies Sunshine Coast had a fantastic Christmas on the Street with in excess of 80 patrons and lots of Rosies red shirts celebrating together. Club Kawana continues their amazing support of providing and serving roast meats, vegies, plum pudding and custard. Our friends on the street were delighted with the array of tables laden with grocery items, ladies handbags full of personal items, hygiene packs, toys, cute stuffed animals, clothes and shoes. We were pleased to have ‘The Tribute to John’ family join us again to hand out noodle boxes full of selections of home-made sweets. Felicity Park was full of ambience with trees lit up with fairy lights and our own Chrissy decorations.

Meanwhile on the Gold Coast, we are blessed to welcome Tony from Goodfellaz Barbershop at Benowa Village for joining us on outreach in Surfers Paradise. Tony kindly offers his barber talent to those less fortunate. He spoke to them all with such respect, introducing himself and asking the patron their name. We all watched transformations before our eyes, like Geoff. Geoff just glowed afterwards.Tony will generously provide this service on the last Friday of each month. Thank you Tony!

Last but not least, Rosies Wynnum Manly received some presents from Bunnings Manly West. The local store offered us more storage boxes and a huge esky to the Rosies branch. Boxes will help us organise our stock, while we will use the esky for our monthly BBQ at St Peter’s Church for our friends on the street.This morning we had a visit from the local Commonwealth Bank Manly West at our outreach in Wynnum. The branch made a donation to support our local outreach.

Christmas is still in the air…