Mum of two stays positive with MS

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.

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OzHarvest Brisbane sows goodwill

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.

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Food rescue scoops Brisbane

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.

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“Community Meal” serves up inspirational stories

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.”

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