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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 »

Million-dollar start-up founder heads homeless cause

Jordan Grives Vinnies CEO Sleepout Ambassador

JORDAN Grives never gets tired of proving millennials are more than just savvy tech-heads with a hunger for the million-dollar lifestyle. The 26-year-old c0-founded telecommunications business Fonebox when he was just 18, and is estimated to be making $10 million profit this coming financial year. But it’s where the young business owner puts his money that is earning him a respectful reputation as ... Read More »

New Vinnies report addresses nation’s ‘frontline of inequality’

Charity work: Vinnies call for better deal for most vulnerable

A REPORT launched by the St Vincent de Paul Society to mark Anti-Poverty Week 2015 confronts the stigma facing the nation’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens. The society’s chief executive officer Dr John Falzon said “Sick with worry” contained stories from “the frontline of inequality”. “‘Sick with worry’ details more than 20 stories from people located around Australia who are ... Read More »