It gets chilly at night and the temptation to remain in bed in the mornings grows from day to day. Think of those who do not have a bed…
Our schools led some much needed drives last month to support our friends on the street, while a couple of real-estate agencies offered two of our branches a hand. In June Rosies seized the opportunity to raise awareness about homelessness in South East Queensland by once more getting involved in the CEO Sleepout and Homeless Connect both taking place in Brisbane.
Our Lady of the Way Catholic Primary School, St Joachim’s Catholic Primary School, Iona College in Brisbane, and St Andrew’s Catholic College in Cairns held their Winter drives to support Rosies and our many friends on the street. Our outreach supplies are regularly running low over the cold winter months. Demand is high for a cup of coffee or soup. In Cairns our branch is calling for blankets and St Andrew’s Catholic College has mobilised its energy to raise as many blankets as possible. One of the college students, Mathilda, made and donated some toiletry pack from her own initiative! The inspiring student added a handwritten note in each pack reminding the recipient of the toiletry packs that they are ‘awesome’.
Rosies Toowoomba received some much needed help from QLD Hot Property in Toowoomba to go through the first cold Winter weeks. In the meantime Mark Cheney from Remax Ultimate, Burpengary contacted our Coordinator in Caboolture Helen to offer his support for Rosies. As our van needed a bit of a make over Mark offered to pay to have the van decals replaced and some rust cut out and a general cut, polish and buff. The work is now complete and Mark dropped by to inspect the finished product and got a big THANK YOU from Helen.
An outreach to a different group of patrons. Rosies served soup and shared friendship with over 100 rough sleepers at the Vinnies CEO Sleepout under the Story Bridge. All patrons were well behaved. Thanks again to our volunteers and a lovely group of students from northern NSW.
Rosies also took part in Homeless Connect. Event during which our Brisbane Coordinator Sarah caught up with one of our long time regular Trevor.