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There will be 116,000 Australians sleeping rough on World Homelessness Day

IT is easy to tune off when presented with the latest estimate that no less than 150 million people, or about two per cent of the world’s population, are homeless. On World Homelessness Day, October 10, an estimated 116,000 Australians, and 20,000 in Queensland, slept rough, couch surfed or settled in for the night feeling insecure in temporary lodgings. There’s ... Read More »

Van-do attitude of Rosies volunteers help secure new vehicle and barbecue trailer

FOR twelve years, a loyal band of Rosies volunteers has buzzed around the Beenleigh area distributing hot meals to the hungry. Last week, they were rewarded for their hard work, when a superannuation fund gifted them a van and barbecue trailer. The benevolent bequest, which came from LUCRF Super Community Program, will transport up to 10 volunteers, ensuring the needs ... Read More »

Rosies searching for Brisbane northside site to expand outreach to homeless

Rosies general manager Andrew O'Brien

HOMELESS men, women and children living rough on Brisbane’s north could soon be making friends with a new team of volunteers for Catholic charity, Rosies. The charity is hoping to open its first branch on the north side by the end of the year. The decision is in response to data from the 2016 Census showing an increase in homelessness ... Read More »

Robyn’s baton relay leg dedicated to 1200 volunteers of street charity Rosies

Robyn Hunt

WHEN Surfers Paradise parishioner and community worker Robyn Hunt held the Queen’s baton aloft on one of the final stretches into the Gold Coast, she did it for the charity she loves. “I carried the torch for the 1200 volunteers who work for Rosies,” Mrs Hunt said, reminiscing on the great Commonwealth Games moment, as she attended Mass as sacristan ... Read More »

Sky’s the limit for Brisbane deacon taking on Q1 stair challenge

Andrew O'Brien

DEACON Andrew O’Brien is preparing to climb the tallest building in Australia so his Brisbane-based outreach can continue to offer mateship to homeless people in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. The Brisbane deacon and manager for Catholic outreach Rosies, which serves a cuppa to hundreds of homeless people in Queensland every week, will attempt to climb 1331 steps in ... Read More »

Brisbane’s newest deacon ‘fired up’ for his 58th Christmas

ANDREW O’Brien’s had 57 Christmases in his lifetime, but his 58th will be different – the Holy Spirit is making sure of that. Married and the father of three sons, he was ordained a permanent deacon for Brisbane archdiocese only last month so he and everyone around him are still getting used to that. He’s still the same Andrew but ... Read More »

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