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St Mary’s students reaching out

Year 3 class at St Mary's with their removal cartons of items

MAKING a difference to people experiencing homelessness has motivated a Year 3 class at St Mary’s Primary School, Rockhampton to dig deep and donate an astonishing amount of essential items for Rockhampton Regional Council’s Homeless Connect event to be held in Rockhampton on July 26. It took under a fortnight for this class of 27 generous students to fill 21 ... Read More »

11-year-old Catholic school student behind charity for the homeless

Ashton Brown

ASHTON Brown is below the legal age for voting, driving and working, but being 11 hasn’t stopped him from starting his own charity to help the homeless. The Year 6 student from St Francis Xavier Primary School, Goodna, is the founder of Homeless Helpers, a soon-to-be registered charity that was born from watching YouTube videos of people sleeping rough. “Every ... Read More »

Bosses tackle homelessness lying down at Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Stephen Tait

STEPHEN Tait spends his days helping small businesses thrive in Queensland but after walking in the shoes of a woman escaping domestic violence, he wants to spend his nights ending homelessness. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland chief executive officer joined more than 180 business leaders for Vinnies CEO Sleepout on June 21. For the first time since the ... Read More »

Vinnies leader warns stress levels at Christmas will leave many people homeless

A homeless man sleeps on a bench

THE Christmas season is shaping up as one of extreme financial hardship for many families, while an increasing number of people are being forced into homelessness. As the St Vincent de Paul Society launches its annual Christmas Appeal, the organisation is predicting the next few weeks will be tougher than ever before for people in need. “Certainly (there is) going ... Read More »

Homeless on the Sunshine Coast are indebted to this Catholic woman

Annette Baker

STANDING overlooking the sprawling township of Nambour, Catholic woman Annette Baker points to some vacant land where she imagines building affordable studio units for people at risk of homelessness. “About ten units … It doesn’t have to be government-funded, it could be private donors,” Mrs Baker said, outlining her latest plan to provide housing for low-income households. Every night an ... Read More »

Roby Curtis not turning a blind eye to homeless

Roby Curtis blind eye

FOR many of the homeless who drop in to Brisbane’s inner city Blind Eye Centre this is their only sanctuary. The most vulnerable sleep under bridges, huddle in doorways or hide behind building air vents as they wait out the hours of darkness and bitter cold. “It is street survival mode for a lot of these people,” Blind Eye Centre ... Read More »

Gold Coast Vinnies raises Cornerstone of hope for city’s homeless

Vinnies Gold Coast homeless project

EACH night on the Gold Coast 1400 people are homeless. “The need is massive,” executive officer of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s South Coast diocesan council in Queensland Shane Klintworth said. “It’s a mixture of people who are couch surfing, living in overcrowded accommodation, or they may well be in a refuge or they could be sleeping rough.” Recent ... Read More »

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