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Emergency need up 30 per cent for volunteers of local Vinnies conference

Vinnies Red Hill

SOMEWHERE in Anthony Sullivan’s neighbourhood is a child without a pair of shoes, a mother desperate to pay the bills, and an ex-prisoner with no food and no place to call home. A member of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Rosalie/Red Hill conference and Jubilee parishioner, Mr Sullivan has seen first-hand the poverty some Australians face, and many of ... Read More »

Vinnies CEO says “fake refugee” claims lack fairness and justice

Dr John Falzon Vinnies CEO

CHURCH groups have condemned a Federal Government ultimatum to thousands of asylum seekers to lodge their claims to stay in Australia within four months, or have their welfare axed and face deportation. “This latest announcement is cruel, morally reprehensible and a fundamental repudiation of the Government’s moral and legal obligations to those seeking asylum in Australia,” the St Vincent de ... Read More »

Making a difference backed up by research

ST Vincent de Paul Society Queensland and the University of Queensland have entered into a pioneering partnership to undertake research providing an evidence base for the charity’s “good works”. Vinnies Queensland chief executive officer Peter Maher said: “It was critical for the society to understand what it is doing to assist people in need in our communities, and what is ... Read More »

New Brisbane city Vinnies will be a ‘place of mercy and hope’

Vinnies Brisbane city

CITY dwellers experiencing poverty, loneliness and isolation can turn to a new “centre of charity” that will provide free high-quality emergency goods to people in need. St Vincent de Paul Society opened its new retail shop, better known as a “centre of charity”, on Mary Street in Brisbane’s CBD last month. It is the first Vinnies op shop to open ... Read More »

You can now grab a bargain and sip on a good coffee at Vinnies

coffee-at-vinnies

COFFEE lovers with an eye for a bargain at Sumner Park will be thrilled to find the local Vinnies store is the first in the St Vincent de Paul Society to have a café. With no cafes in sight at the industrial estate, in Brisbane’s west, Vinnies have found a new range of customers venturing into its store with the introduction ... Read More »

Church representatives want inquiry into Queensland juvenile justice system

prisoner's hands through fence

CHURCH justice advocates have joined calls for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to widen the scope of a royal commission into Northern Territory juvenile detention, to include facilities in Queensland. On July 26, Mr Turnbull announced a royal commission into the Northern Territory’s juvenile detention facilities after ABC TV’s Four Corners aired shocking images of guards brutalising inmates.  “We want to say emphatically ... Read More »

Reaching out to the homeless across Australia

IT’S difficult to comprehend, but on any night in Australia, one in 200 people are without accommodation. For more than 100,000 Australians, this means they are not only without a home, it may mean they don’t know where their next meal will come from, and they probably don’t have access to services like healthcare. It comes as the Australian Bureau ... Read More »

Broncos pay visit to generous giver in surprise party

Broncos make surprise visit

PAYING off groceries, coffee and petrol for strangers has earned a law firm secretary a free pop-up party with the Brisbane Broncos. Rebecca Buzacott has been anonymously buying items for strangers with Kindness Cards, an initiative of Australian online community Wake Up Project. “It’s just a case of walking into a shop, pre-paying something for somebody else, handing over your ... Read More »

Why Brisbane’s Lord Mayor is planning to sleep under the Story Bridge in June

Sleepout in Brisbane

LORD Mayor Graham Quirk’s first orders as the returning leader for Brisbane city included a call for all bosses to sleep under the Story Bridge in June. Mr Quirk will “fight homelessness in his sleep” under the iconic bridge for the St Vincent de Paul Society’s annual homelessness fundraiser, CEO Sleepout, on June 23. The newly sworn-in Lord Mayor invited ... Read More »

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