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Vinnies has served the poor in Queensland for 125 years. Here are their top volunteers

THE St Vincent de Paul Society recognised five long-serving Vincentians for their valued contributions at local, state, national and international level at a dinner commemorating 125 years of the organisation in Queensland. The award winners were John Forrest, Jeremiah McAuliffe, Robert Leach, Ron Sullivan and posthumously Brian Moore, who had all been members of the society ranging from 28 to ... Read More »

What is a Vincentian life? Focus on the faith, then serve others in need

ANNETTE Baker has a simple motto – try and do something for someone every day. It’s a motto that’s served her through 19 years with the St Vincent de Paul Society, where she serves as Queensland vice-president. It also took her to win 2017 Community Leader of the Year at The Community Leader Awards. The Vincentian life is a constant ... Read More »

Hidden homeless need attention, it isn’t always obvious who is and isn’t struggling, Vinnies warns

HOMELESSNESS is on the rise in Australia and work is being done to fight it, but Vinnies warns there are factors that often remain hidden from public view. St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia chief executive officer Toby O’Connor welcomed the Federal Government’s focus on emergency accommodation for a growing number of Australians.  But he said housing ... Read More »

Vinnies’ CEO Kevin Mercer ready for a cold night on the streets to raise awareness at a corporate level

ST Vincent de Paul Society’s Queensland chief executive officer Kevin Mercer is getting ready to sleep rough on the streets of Brisbane for the annual Vinnies CEO Sleep Out.  One-hundred-ninety Brisbane CEOs will sleep on the streets of Brisbane the night of Thursday, June 20 in an effort to raise funds and awareness about Brisbane’s homelessness and homelessness services.  $432,396 ... Read More »

90-year-old Vincentian Joyce Parsons celebrates 20 years of compassion and smiles

JOYCE Parsons has been a friendly face to hundreds of vulnerable people seeking assistance from the St Vincent de Paul Society’s St Bernadine Conference in Regents Park. In September, Ms Parsons will celebrate her 20th year with the organisation, and next month, she will celebrate her 90th birthday.    “If you try to be friendly to people, it’s marvellous how ... Read More »

Close to half a million Queenslanders living in poverty, St Vincent de Paul’s report shows

CLOSE to half a million Queenslanders are living in poverty, new statistics from the St Vincent de Paul Society reveal. On the cusp of its Winter Appeal launch, Vinnies’ Queensland state president Dennis Innes said the effects of poverty were becoming far-reaching in the state, causing an epidemic of loneliness and isolation. “For too many Queenslanders, poverty is leading to ... Read More »

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