18 January, 2024

Sizzle to help homeless

Conversations over a sausage sizzle proved rewarding and productive during a free two-hour get-together at the Caboolture-based Apex Park during the afternoon of Sunday, January 7.

By Liam Hauser

Katie, Jess, Ellie, Irene, Krissy and Emily at Apex Park during the community gathering on Sunday, January 7.
Katie, Jess, Ellie, Irene, Krissy and Emily at Apex Park during the community gathering on Sunday, January 7.

Between 20 and 30 people attended the event, which was dedicated to supporting the homeless and other people with financial struggles.

Many of the attendees came from the surrounding community, while some travelled from as far as Brighton.

While most of the people in attendance were in a difficult situation, others were church members who sought to encourage community connections.

The event was run by community members who wanted to give something back to the local region, while Caboolture Community Action (CCA) helped promote the event.

Katie from ‘Like She Owns the Place’ supplied the sausages and bread, while Paige from ‘Creedon Property Group’ provided soft drinks and water.

Event organisers had contributed money at Christmas time to make hampers for the homeless.

With left over money, they took a range of toiletry items for those in need.

One of the event organisers, Emily Reed, said “we will be looking at connecting more with the CCA and Neighbourhood Centre once we look into everything further”.

“We would like to offer things in the future but will be looking at how we can do this to make a safe and comfortable event for everyone,” she said.

Among the conversations at Apex Park, Emily spoke with a man who tragically lost a friend over the Christmas break.

“It was nice to come together with others during a hard time, and there was a man that shared he only takes what he needs, and another whose family member was in unsafe housing,” Emily said.

Emily also made special mention of Irene Schynol, who has immersed herself in numerous community events while being homeless.

“Irene has been nothing short of amazing in helping spread the word and support her fellow community members that are struggling,” Emily said.

“She is constantly finding ways to support them and give them opportunities to share their story (and hers), and the Moreton Bay district are lucky to have such an angel in the community.”

Describing the event as “very successful”, Emily said the attendees were thankful for what was provided and also enjoyed the conversations and connections.

Emily thanked all who were involved and their contribution to giving back to the community.

“We all have a common goal and that is to give and create a connection with our community members,” she said.

“There are already so many amazing organisations doing what they can to help those in need, and we want to contribute to this and continue to help or fill in any gaps that there may be.”


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