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Rosies remembers 30 years since first mission to Schoolies

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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 »

Chaplain says soft attitude to underage drinking at Schoolies “unacceptable”

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ALCOHOL consumption by any persons under the legal age of 18 and use of illegal substances should not be accepted as normal Schoolies behaviour, a Queensland police chaplain has said. Police chaplain Fr Paul Kelly, who supported Gold Coast police during his first Schoolies event last week, said he was stunned by the acceptance of underage drinking and drug use ... Read More »

The Sydney initiative that is changing the hook-up culture at Schoolies

DO teenagers at Schoolies know what love means? Eight young Australians associated with Sydney-based ministry, The Culture Project, are about the find out when they join the mass crowds at Surfers Paradise this week. Headed by former Gold Coast man Christopher Da Silva, The Culture Project team will be asking teens questions about love, sex and relationships while Schoolies party ... 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 »

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 »

Schoolies in safe hands

By Paul Dobbyn ROSIES is experiencing a mix of familiar and new as it gears up for its annual presence at Schoolies Week on the Gold Coast and a change of leadership takes place. New general manager Troy Bailey, a self-described “passionate Rosies volunteer”, will be working alongside other volunteers at Schoolies Week which started on November 16. The 47-year-old ... Read More »

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