Rosies Friends On The Street
Since 2015, LJ Hooker’s Gold Coast offices have rallied together to assist the rising number of people living rough on the city’s streets raising well over $100,000. This year, another $16,000 was added.
“The number of homeless people living on the Gold Coast is increasing,’’ said Rosies Gold Coast branch coordinator, Wendy Coe. “I’ve definitely noticed an increase in numbers, especially in the last two years. There’s no one reason why someone becomes homeless: its drugs, it’s alcohol, it’s lack of affordable housing, it’s mental health issues – it’s just a huge problem.’’
LJ Hooker Nerang Principal Shane Colquhoun said: “For 90 years, LJ Hooker has helped Australians make decisions about their next home. But for many people doing it tough on the city’s streets, the security and comfort a home brings is simply out of reach. “We’re proud to assist Rosies in their goal to improve support given to people less fortunate in our community, especially heading toward the Christmas period, when the challenges of life on the street really set in.’’
Rosies General Manager Andrew O’Brien again thanked LJ Hooker for their fundraising efforts. “This is the second year LJ Hooker’s Gold Coast offices have come together to support Rosies,” he said.“It’s surprising how much a cup of coffee and a chat can do for the welfare of someone in need. It takes about $30 to enable a Rosies volunteer to have a chat and provide essential items such as a hygiene pack which is often the only Christmas present someone living on the streets will receive.“LJ Hooker is helping us restore some dignity for people that are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or simply lonely and doing it tough.”