A group of extraordinarily generous sisters in the Brisbane Church of Christ donated a substantial amount of non-perishable food items to a Brisbane based Foodbank on the 16th of March 2020. This food will go to help those that have been affected by the Bush fires that happened late last year/early this year and also to those that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Foodbank Australia provides food for 815,000 Australians each month and operates over all the states in Australia. At least once a week, around half of the food insecure people skip a meal (55%) or cut down on the size of their meals to make their food go further (50%). At least once a week, three in ten food insecure Australians (30%) go a whole day without eating. This is why foodbanks like this are so important and need generous donations like the ones made recently. For more information on what Foodbank Australia does, visit their website at https://www.foodbank.org.au/hunger-in-australia/who-we-are/?state=wa
Contribution of $400.00 collected for Sisters Inside
A community organisation in Brisbane who assists women who are in prison or have left incarceration. The focus is to help them while in prison and to adjust to life post imprisonment by assisting with housing, legal matters, family reunification, counselling etc.
Mature Women’s Ministry
A Mature Womens’ group attended by 10 women – to address the spectrum of issues facing mature women and provide help from a spiritual perspective. First group meeting held in April 2019.
This was organised by Brisbane City Council and HOPE had a booth. HOPE was one of many organisations present to meet with needs of the Homeless Community in Brisbane.
From the HOPE booth food was distributed to the homeless and the needy and Participants filled out surveys asking them to identify needs such as clothing, food, community resources.
Subsequent follow-up by phone with Participants who had filled out forms was subsequently carried out and once their specific needs were identified, food, clothing and bedding supplies were delivered to them.
Letter of Support to an international student who has helped with HOPE activities in Brisbane – the student was considered for The Order of Australia Association Secondary Schools Citizenship Award. We have received confirmation that student is one of only twelve students in Queensland who received of this award. As such, she was invited to attend Parliament House to receive the award from the Queensland Governor.
HOPE Brisbane Choir
The choir sang 2 sessions at a Retirement Home in Brisbane. A highly complementary response was received from management of the nursing home based on enthusiastic feed back from residents.
Testimonial from the Retirement Home.
Good afternoon, Debbie.
May I offer you, Alice and Ben, and your choir members, a huge thank you for the beautiful performances here at Bluecare Kenmore on Saturday afternoon. Residents have told me that it was just beautiful, and the quality of singing was mentioned more than a number of times! I understand that the staff did a wonderful job, meeting and greeting your members, and getting many more residents than expected to the Activities Rooms. J
The residents loved their bears, how very kind of you all to gift them.
Thank you, again, Debbie, for initiating this event. It is special gift to share with others. Thank you all.
With kind regards
Diversional Therapist, Tarry Brae Hostel, Kenmore
HOPE Activities in 2017
A number of charitable organisations were assisted by donations of food, phone cards and
personal items. This was made possible by the generous support from members of the
Brisbane Christian Church and heartfelt thanks go out for such a magnificent response to the
call. The organisations to which assistance was given are:-
letters of thanks and cards which have been received (see below).
HOPE was also registered during the year with Volunteering Queensland as an organisation
that can provide people to help in the event of natural disasters.
New Activities Being Planned for 2018
Further assistance is planned for organisations which assist victims of domestic violence, for
the homeless, migrants and refugees.
A new initiative is being planned for 2018 to provide Welcoming & Assistance to disciples who
relocate to the Brisbane Church from else where in Australia and more particularly, from
Members of the HOPE organising committee would like to extend their thanks for the
wonderful level of support received and to wish all members of the Church - BEST WISHES
FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON IN WHICH WE REMEMBER WITH GREAT JOY, THE BIRTH