Emergency Services Gala Ball is a Party for a good cause

FAR North Queensland Emergency Services Gala Ball is excited to announce they have nominated Rosies-Friends on the Street as the beneficiary for the 2022 Gala Ball on August 6 at the Cairns Convention Centre.

Far North Queensland Emergency Services Gala Ball 2021
FNQESA president John-Byron Bacalakis said Rosies-Friends on the Street significantly impacts those in need in our community. The association is pleased to raise funds so the charity can continue to make a difference in the lives of others every day.

“Rosies was chosen because of its strong presence in the community, and it is a very well-known charity for its work and what it stands for,” Mr Bacalakis said.

Mr Bacalakis is anticipating this year to be bigger and better than ever before, and he can’t wait to dance the night away and have some fun, all for a good cause.

“We’d love to say we have a specific amount in mind to raise, but after last year’s success, it’s hard to say,” he said.

“We are glad for any amount we raise to help Rosies achieve their need for a new van and other items to ensure they can grow and continue to meet the community’s needs.

“We will have lots of fun and games and plenty of partying to be enjoyed.” Rosies has operated for almost 35 years and continues to create connection and community for those experiencing homelessness, disadvantage, and social isolation.

Through the hospitality of their street outreach, they provide a safe space, a warm smile, a hot drink, some food, a blanket or hygiene products.

Most importantly, Rosies create a much-needed connection and conversation and support to find other services those in need may require.

The Cairns Branch of Rosies has been serving the community since 1992, offering friendship and meaningful connection four nights a week.

This branch is led by husband-and-wife team Eunice and Peter Winship, who have recently taken on the role of volunteer Branch Coordinators.

The number of people attending Rosies at Barlow Park street outreach can be from 50-60 people and has been as high as 100 patrons per night this year. Additionally, the Cairns outreach is seeing an increase of women, young people and families in attendance.

Rosies -Friends on the Street CEO Jayne Shallcross is extremely excited that they have been chosen as the beneficiary.

“Rosies is so grateful and excited to be chosen as the FNQ Emergency Services Gala Ball beneficiary,” Ms Shallcross said.

“This opportunity will bring greater awareness of the challenges and difficulties faced by those who are homeless, struggling to make ends meet or suffering from social isolation in the current environment.

“All monies raised through the FNQ Emergency Services Gala Ball will purchase a much-needed new van and other equipment to benefit our friends on the street directly.”

Last year FNQESA raised an incredible $63,800 for the local charity Kick On.

After a sold out event in 2021, this year is set to be the best to date. Strap on your heels, zip up your fanciest ball gown and prepare to dance the night away for a good cause.

The FNQESA Gala Ball will be held at Cairns Convention Centre on August 6.

For more information, tickets and sponsorship visit https://fnqesa.org.au/

*Originally published on Cairns Local News on 4 May, 2022