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Early reports are good for Blue Care in Cyclone Yasi

In the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Blue Care is pleased initial reports are that people in most parts of the destruction zone are doing well and all but one of the key facilities remain operational. Blue Care Executive Director Robyn Batten said there were still concerns for people in Tully and for how the Blue Care Garden Settlement Aged ...

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Residents/staff safe and sheltering in Townsville evacuation centre

Residents and staff of Blue Care Townsville Garden Settlement Aged Care Facility at Pallarenda are safe and sheltering in the evacuation centre at Ignatius Park College. Blue Care Residential Services Director Richard Olley said the Townsville City Council’s Disaster Management Team advised Blue Care to evacuate the facility this morning due to the threat of flooding. “Since the early hours ...

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Client wellbeing a priority for Blue Care FNQ

As Queensland prepares for Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Blue Care is taking unprecedented steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people in its care. Across the state, Blue Care employees have been working with local disaster management groups to ensure there is enough fuel, food, medical and power supplies for the days ahead. Blue Care Residential Services Director Richard Olley ...

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UnitingCare Queensland thanks communities, clients and their families for help during the floods

UNITINGCARE QUEENSLAND Chief Executive Officer, Anne Cross has extended her overwhelming thanks to the people of Queensland for their support of its services Blue Care; Lifeline Community Care and UnitingCare Health during the recent flood crisis. “I am extremely proud and grateful to all our staff and volunteers who worked so tirelessly to provide care to our clients, residents and patients ...

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Major agencies in Brisbane urge the halt of material donations for flood victims

Major community agencies in the Brisbane area are urging people to hold off on donating items of material aid specifically for people affected by the floods. Lifeline Community Care, The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Pauls and Volunteering QLD are asking people to delay donating material goods intended for flood affected people because they currently lack the ...

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Kids launch Christmas appeal

AN ARMY of children from schools, kindergartens, day care centres and churches throughout Queensland joined forces to help launch UnitingCare’s annual Christmas appeal Operation Santa on 15 November. Children visited Target stores in 57 communities across the state to spread some love, joy and hope with their Christmas gifts for people in their community who would otherwise not receive any ...

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Artists find hope in margins

THE THIRD annual Art from the Margins (AFTM) exhibition, a creative initiative of Wesley Mission Brisbane (WMB), continues to be popular with 380 entries from more than 160 talented artists this year. Part of the Brisbane Festival, AFTM assists artists whose artistic development is limited by homelessness, disability, disadvantage or isolation. The exhibition was spread across three different venues; Wesley ...

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Blue care celebrates loyal staff

BLUE CARE acknowledged long-serving staff who have reached a career milestone of 20 years or more continuous service at the Blue Care Staff Recognition Night in Brisbane on 4 November. Sixty Blue Care staff from across Queensland and northern New South Wales received special awards for their commitment and loyalty to the organisation at the event which was held at ...

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Art from the Margins 2010 photo gallery – Community

For the past six years Wesley Mission Brisbane (WMB) has been inviting Griffith University second year photojournalism students to explore and record the wide variety of community and aged care projects WMB is involved in. This year’s exhibition was entitled Community and incorporated the inaugural Wesley Mission Brisbane photographic awards and people’s choice award for the young photographers. Through these ...

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Aid Agency Hits Back at Christmas Waste

TODAY THE international aid agency Act for Peace launched its annual appeal, the Christmas Bowl, encouraging Australians to share their Christmas with war-torn communities. The appeal is set to hit back at the billions of dollars spent each December on Christmas gifts that prove to be unwanted. Act for Peace’s Executive Director, Alistair Gee said, “We’re injecting some meaning back into ...

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