Rosies-Friends on the Street is the 2022 beneficiary of the FNQ Emergency Services Association Charity Ball.
Rosies-Friends on the Street significantly impacts those in need in our community. The association is pleased to be able to raise funds so the charity can continue to make a difference in the lives of others every day.
Rosies has operated for almost 35 years and continues to create connection and community for those experiencing homelessness, disadvantage, and social isolation. Through the hospitality of their street outreach, they provide a safe space, a warm smile, a hot drink, some food, a blanket or hygiene products. Most importantly, Rosies create a much-needed connection and conversation, as well as support to find other services those in need may require.
Rosies-Cairns Branch has been operating in Cairns since 1992, with the Rosies Hub currently based next to Centacare in Aplin Street. The volunteer Branch Coordinators for Cairns are Eunice and Peter Winship, who organise more than 175 volunteers. Teams do outreach on the Street in Cairns every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
The branch also works with many Cairns-based schools, providing awareness and the opportunity to attend outreach as a part of our teams. At each outreach, Rosies offers friendship, conversation and community together with hospitality – including a hot meal, food parcels, emergency food relief, blankets, toiletries, along with connection to other support services as necessary. Most importantly, Rosies create a much-needed connection and conversation and support to find other services those in need may require.
The number of people attending Rosies at Barlow Park street outreach can be from 50-60 people, and has been as high as 100 patrons per night this year. Additionally, the Cairns outreach is seeing an increase of women, young people and families in attendance.
Rosies—Friends on the Street CEO, Jayne Shallcross, said “Rosies is so grateful and excited to be chosen as the charity partner for the FNQ Emergency Services Gala Ball. This opportunity will bring greater awareness of the challenges and difficulties faced by those who are homeless, struggling to make ends meet or suffering from social isolation in the current environment. All monies raised through the FNQ Emergency Services Gala Ball will go to purchase a much needed new van and other equipment to directly benefit our friends on the street.”
For more information or to support Rosies—Friends on the Street, please go to www.rosies.org.au.