Metendo “Kiny” Ruharara is an 18-year-old refugee from the Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is part of the Art from the Margins program. Since its inception in 2008, Art from the Margins has provided support and … Continue reading
Steven* is a fourteen year old boy living on the Gold Coast. Since coming out as gay last year, he has suffered tireless bullying at school and feelings of isolation. He says he often feels “worthless” and has been told … Continue reading
Louise Remmerswaal, a 44 year old mother of two, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 11 years ago. According to the MS society, over 21,000 Australians have been diagnosed with MS. There is no known cause or cure and the disease is always unpredictable. Louise has progressive MS, which means her condition may continue to deteriorate over time.
For some this news might have been a heavy blow to their optimism, but Louise has persevered through her diagnosis to make her life work for her.
OzHarvest’s newest branch, operating out of Brisbane, has had an inspiring first six months. The food rescue program picks up unwanted excess food from supermarkets, restaurants and other food outlets and delivers them the same day to charities feeding people in need.
OzHarvest Brisbane are currently averaging 1800 kilograms of food per week – feeding around 200 people per day at a number of charitable agencies around Brisbane.
Last week the organisation collected 1600 kilograms of unwanted food from Soundwave, a massive Brisbane music festival. That unwanted food and drink, that included fruit and cheese platters, would have gone to waste had the yellow truck not come to its rescue. As a result they were able to provide a meal for men and women at the Pindari Shelters among other places.
OzHarvest Brisbane Coordinator Cameron Hickey recently travelled out west to the flood-ravaged town of Mitchell.
OzHarvest grew from a community need to reduce the amount of food that goes to waste. Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn decided that she could not stand by and watch as the twin problems of food waste and hunger co-existed.
After researching options for dealing with food waste and coming up empty, Ronni decided to start up a food rescue charity herself. November 2004 saw the launch of OzHarvest Sydney, a one-of-a-kind program that collects fresh surplus food from restaurants, supermarkets and other food sellers and distributes it to people in need with their same-day service. Having extra food on-hand means that charities can spend more time and money focusing on their valuable programs and supporting the vulnerable.
Seven years on, with locations across Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and Adelaide, OzHarvest is now launching in Brisbane in partnership with Wesley Mission Brisbane.
Art began as a therapy technique for Trent Quinlan and has since evolved into a lifelong passion and career path. As a sufferer of Bipolar, a complex mood disorder, Trent sought reprieve from his condition through painting. As he practised … Continue reading
Philip Omot found Wesley Mission Brisbane after being placed to complete his Certificate III in Aged Care. He is now studying a Community Service Diploma and volunteers once a week at aged care residence Cooper House. Philip moved to Australia … Continue reading
James Wilson* (name changed) came to Australia from England in the hope of finding work but instead, the now 57-year-old found himself living on the streets.
Leaving his father and sister behind to start work with a construction company in Perth, the firm collapsed soon after his arrival and left James unemployed. An eight month trip in a camper van across Australia found James in Brisbane, with no support network and few job opportunities.
“When I got to Brisbane I had to sell the van. I was living on the streets and sleeping in the Botanical Gardens,” says James. “There was just no work available.”
I’m a big fan of Facebook. I can’t go 24 hours without logging in and I know many of my friends feels the same way (primarily through their numerous status updates) – but is this a healthy habit? And furthermore, … Continue reading
Students are famed for their party-lifestyle – being late to class, not completing assignments or keeping up with readings are the norm for the occasional week of school. But when someone is too depressed to get out of bed, too … Continue reading