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Rosies remembers 30 years since first mission to Schoolies

Rosies youth shelter

THIRTY years ago a group of 28 young adults embarked on a unique and adventurous mission – to provide safe activities for Schoolies flocking to Surfers Paradise. Little did they know that their faith, determination and sense of purpose that created Rosies Gold Coast would be alive and strong today, with final preparations for Schoolies 2017. Schoolies was very different ... Read More »

Brisbane priest shares anguish of families with ice addicts

Family conflict can drive a wedge between parents

THE drug ice has taken such a grip in Queensland that government and care agencies are swamped by demand for crisis intervention, treatment and support for the families of users including children, and the effects are being felt in parishes. A Queensland Government report has revealed one in every three children found to be in need of protection in 2016 ... Read More »

Catholic priest Fr Paul Kelly gets first taste of Schoolies as police chaplain

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POLICE chaplain Fr Paul Kelly chose working at a hardware store over packing his bags for the beach when his Schoolies week came around. As his schoolmates were preparing to party on the Gold Coast after more than a dozen years of schooling, Fr Kelly was working hard stacking shelves. “I couldn’t think of anything worse than leaving everyone only ... Read More »

Poverty rise shows Gold Coast not all waves and sunshine

Homeless Gold Coast

SPIRALLING costs of living are forcing more families below the breadline, with increasing pressure on our most vulnerable, including children a snapshot of poverty in 2016 shows. The Poverty in Australia 2016 report – prepared by the Australian Council of Social Service – shows nearly three million Australians now living in poverty.  The report also found more children living below ... Read More »

Ipswich school’s fundraiser raises $1500 for the homeless

Rosies fundraiser

ROSIES’ ability to help the homeless in Ipswich has been boosted thanks to the generosity of St Mary’s School. The school community raised more than $1500 for the volunteer charity that helps feed people living on the streets of Ipswich. The Student Social Justice Group worked together to organise the fundraising, with Rosies – Friends on the Street as the ... Read More »

Rosies to offer friendship to Bayside’s homeless and marginalised

Rosies on the Bayside

CATHOLIC charity Rosies is busy training volunteers for a new branch opening soon on Brisbane’s bayside. The new branch will provide a mobile street van service and support for the area’s homeless, poor and struggling. “We are very excited about this initiative. There’s a need, as there is in every community,” Rosies volunteers and outreach programs co-ordinator Cathy Lindsay said. ... Read More »

Jordan’s cuppa with ‘Cossie’

Homeless with Cossie

JORDAN Briggs thought the highlight of his Saturday night would be swigging down a hot coffee outside St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane. Mr Briggs, a New Zealand native, has been “on and off homeless” for the past five years. He has no income and a dried-up savings account, but offers to do housework in exchange for a roof over his ... Read More »

Volunteer says future is safe with our schoolies

Recharge Zone at Schoolies on the Gold Coast

CAMERAS might show boozing and crude behaviour at the Gold Coast’s most infamous party, but volunteer Vacen Taylor knows a different side to Australia’s school leavers. Ms Taylor, who co-ordinates the Schoolies Recharge Zone, manned by Catholic charity Rosies, said the estimated 25,000 young people partying on the Gold Coast were polite, gracious and full of life. She said her ... Read More »

Rosies looks for new territory to share cuppa with homeless

Cathedral outreach: Rosies patron Maurice McNeice with volunteers Clare Scoble and Louis Cassidy outside St Stephen’s Cathedral, the temporary new location for the Catholic charity’s Brisbane group.

By Emilie Ng FRIENDS of Brisbane’s homeless need to find a new spot for their weekend cuppa while their usual scene at a busy city underpass receives an upgrade. Catholic charity Rosies, friends to about 1000 homeless Queenslanders weekly, moved from their site on the Turbot Street underpass five weeks ago to two temporary sites. Rosies general manager Andrew O’Brien ... Read More »

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