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Homelessness, starvation and disease threaten North Korea

TENS of thousands of people have been left homeless and starvation once again threatens the people of North Korea after heavy flooding this month. A United Nations Team visiting the area has reported 88 people killed and is assessing the damage with a view to developing an aid plan. North Korea remains one of the world's most closed societies. Its ...

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World Vision in the Pacific

AUSTRALIA'S largest aid and development agency, World Vision, has created a special Brisbane-based office to spearhead an ambitious plan to double its investment in fighting poverty in the Pacific and Timor-Leste. The agency plans to increase its annual investment in the region from $15 million to $30 million in the next four years. Staff at the new office, based in ...

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Volunteers pick up tools for Frontier Services

VOLUNTEERS are travelling outback and picking up tools, paintbrushes and scrubbing brushes to help with the vital upkeep of Frontier Services buildings across the country. A work party consisting of 12 people from across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria has met in Charleville for a two week stint to complete vital jobs at a number of the services based ...

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Blue Care service model is tailor made

AFTER months of consultation and planning – involving people from across Australia – UnitingCare Queensland's Blue Care has announced its new service model, Blue Care Tailor Made. Blue Care Executive Director Robyn Batten said the new model will guide and shape the organisation's services and will be implemented at Blue Care's 260 sites during the next two years. "Blue Care ...

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UnitingWorld works for community in PNG

A report released at the end of May on the impact of the multibillion dollar Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in Papua New Guinea (PNG) highlights the value of bringing diverse interest groups together to address social challenges, said Dr Kerry Enright, National Director of UnitingWorld. The LNG project offers the prospect of substantial economic growth to PNG's Hela region. ...

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New swim club helps memories surface

THERE'S something in the water at Toowoomba, where people with dementia are participating in a new swimming program that is stirring up happy memories and delivering surprising benefits. Every week, eight Blue Care residents head along to Milne Bay Aquatic Centre. Some know why they are going and some don't, but everyone has high spirits and a sense that something ...

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New beginnings in Emerald

ON 13 May Blue Care Avalon Aged Care Facility in Emerald celebrated Mother’s Day by opening their new café, Café 126. Emerald / Fernlees Uniting Church minister, Rev Suzy Sitton, said Café 126 is a place where all who visit can share a cuppa and companionship. “The new café is a sign of hope for the Emerald community and a ...

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New minister on patrol

REV Craig Mischewski feelsright at home in his new post as the Frontier Services’ Flinders Patrol Minister. The 50-year-old minister was built for work in the bush. “I’m hard wired for the west,” Mr Mischewski said ahead of his induction at St Andrew’s Uniting Church in Hughenden on 9 May. “The more I can see of the horizon, the happier ...

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Blue Care welcomes Director of Mission

BLUE Care has welcomed Rev Heather den Houting as the new Director of Mission. Formerly the minister with Kenmore Uniting Church in Brisbane’s west, Ms den Houting said the transition to Blue Care has been both challenging and inspiring. “Blue Care is a huge organisation with many facets so becoming familiar with how it works and all comes together has been ...

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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 is currently averaging 1800 kilograms of food per week – feeding around 200 people per day ...

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