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Friends on the Street - offering community to the homeless and excluded in Queensland.
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Wynnum Manly– A community to be proud of
wynnum manly_friends_on_the_streetThe official launch was held on Friday, August 5. It was an occasion to celebrate the outstanding effort of our Bayside community to help get these outreach services up and running to support this local need. It was also an opportunity to thank our local partners. Sunstate Cement and their suppliers for providing seed funding. The Anglican Parish of St Paul’s in Manly for our outreach room. Don Barton, long term supporter who generously donated a new van. Iona College community raised funds for us to fit out and brand the van. Bartons Motor Group (no relation) provided good services and a great deal. Bruce, one of the Wynnum Manly branch coordinators said he is really proud of the local community and has received positive feedback from the volunteers who have enjoyed the first outreach services held in late July.
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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.
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Brisbane Branch – An inspirational selfless act
We received a donation of blankets from a Rosies friend called Julie for winter. It was Julie’s birthday and her sister asked her what she would like. Julie replied that she didn’t need anything, but perhaps her sister could buy some blankets for the homeless and Julie would donate these to Rosies. This was a generous act; but what makes it remarkable is that Julie is a full time carer for her quadriplegic husband. To say that she “didn’t need anything” is extraordinarily selfless. Thank you, Julie.
We have some wonderful supporters at Rosies and we thank you all for your support. Our supporters are wonderful – thank you. We still have urgent need of some other supplies for our many friends on the street.
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Caboolture Branch – Another school keen to join Rosies
St Benedict’s College in Burpengary showed wonderful interest in joining our Student Engagement Program. Helen, our Coordinator in Caboolture, recently made a presentation to the school. She was astonished by the response and motivation of the students and staff members.

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Domestic violence is one of the major causes of homelessness. As our Spring 2016 newsletter highlights children are one of the largest groups in Queensland experiencing homelessness.
The Lady Musgrave Trust (CEO Karen Reid pictured below) will be tackling the issues of domestic violence and homelessness among young women at its Eighth Annual Forum on Services for Homeless Women on September 7. Our Logan Branch Coordinator, Margaret, is attending the forum to enhance Rosies collaboration with other services.

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Cairns Branch – A new location
Rosies recently worked with the local council to find an alternative venue for our outreach to offer an efficient service to our friends on the street whilst being mindful of local businesses that had expressed concerns over the influx of people in the popular tourist area. All parties agreed on a new location that will satisfy everyone. As a consequence, the Rosies van has now moved to Council Park on Draper Street, Cairns.

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Gold Coast Branch – An air of Las Vegas
Rosies was the charity of choice at the Viva Festival in Surfers Paradise on Sunday, 10 July. Thanks Elvis and the Gospel Choir for an extremely uplifting morning. Thank you to everyone who donated, we raised over $1,000.This amount will keep one of our Rosies’ street outreach vans running for a month. Thank you also to the Surfers Paradise Alliance for nominating Rosies as a charity of choice for your wonderful events.
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Our Ipswich branch received huge support from the local community this Winter!

+ The Catalyst Church Women’s group collected toiletry items for our Ipswich Branch.

+ Members of the Ipswich Catholic Community donated much needed supplies of cordial, biscuits and noodles.

+ Chalk Electrical held their Winter Warmer promotion to support Rosies and our many friends on the street.

+ Younger groups helped out as well with students from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Social Justice Group raising funds and supplies to support the branch and make a difference. Students at Bremer State High School did their bit as well, donating toiletries and other goods. An excellent demonstration by everyone of what ‘community’ really means. Well done!
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