LJ Hooker and Rosies saddle-up for the Gold Coast's streets

LJ Hooker and Rosies saddle-up for the Gold Coast's streets

By Jacqueline Latimer on Nov 10 2016


LJ Hooker is hosting its annual corporate race day at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday, November 5, raising necessary funds for Rosies Friends on the Street - unconditional acceptance and friendship to people who are marginalised within our community, especially those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or simply lonely

LJ Hooker Southport is joining its other Gold Coast network offices in rallying to assist the rising number of people living rough on the city’s streets.

 

The LJ Hooker offices have again partnered with Rosies to raise money for the branch service at the Gold Coast Turf Club’s Stakes Day on November 5.

   

Last year, LJ Hooker’s Gold Coast offices raised $15,000 for the street service and is aiming to better that result this year.

   

"The number of homeless people living on the Gold Coast is increasing," Rosies Gold Coast branch coordinator Wendy Coe said.

   

"I've definitely noticed an increase in numbers, especially in the last two years. There's no one reason why someone becomes homeless: it's drugs, it's alcohol, it's lack of affordable housing, it's mental health issues - it's just a huge problem."

 

LJ Hooker Southport principal Alex McCormack said many people are doing it tough on the city's streets with the security and comfort of a home, simply out of reach.

   

"For 88 years, LJ Hooker has helped Australians make decisions about their next home," he said.

   

"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."

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