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Lourdes Hill Reality Check! - 20 May 2015

Every month, a few Lourdes Hill students and staff get a reality check. They meet at Rosies Headquarters, Woolloongabba where they team up with Rosies volunteers. After a briefing including safety procedures, they head off in the Rosies van to inner Brisbane to chat with the homeless.

Homelessness is about a lack of connectedness and belonging to other people like a family. They may have a roof over their head, but nothing else. It may include an entire family living in a car; some may have an illness and no one cares about them; others have just had shattered lives and bad luck.

They know the Rosies van will be there. A warm drink, some food, perhaps a small parcel of toiletries but, more importantly, company and compassion are offered.

Here’s what a couple of our Year 12’s had to say about their April visit:

“They were no different from us. Their clothes weren’t in very good condition. I think the thing that struck me most is how much these people just craved company. They weren’t looking for an abundance of food, just enough to be satisfied.”

“… it really opened my eyes to the privileges I have that were taken from them, like having a daily shower and brushing my teeth.”

It’s heartening and moving how these students spoke about their visit.

Rosies inspired our Outreach Captains, Cadence O’Reilly and Kate Johnson, to want to do more to help. They are putting together a Lourdes Hill community raffle with all proceeds going to Rosies. But, they need your help to pull it off.

What can you do?Donate a prize for the raffle or ask a business if they can donate a prize. Suggestions include travel, accommodation, food and movie vouchers, and electronic devices. No prize is too small. If you can help, please contact Cadence at or Kate.

Please refer to this flyer for more information.