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Making good choices at Lent

Margaret Adsett, from St Andrew's Uniting Church in Brisbane CBD, can tell you how many choices of biscuit there are in the average supermarket aisle. "There are over 200 choices of biscuit alone, and they say there are 35 000 items in total in your average supermarket," says Ms Adsett. "Imagine that! Compare that to places where people have no ...

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Wesley internship program inspires secondary students

The Wesley Hospital has launched a comprehensive school internship program with the aim of inspiring students considering a career in the healthcare sector. The Wesley School Internship Program comprised of 28 Year-11 students from 11 Brisbane schools, and ran for one week at the hospital from 3 to 7 December 2012. The tailored program provided students with a practical and ...

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Changes to aid budget steal from the poor to punish the vulnerable

UNITING Church people across Australia are being urged to complain to their parliamentary representatives about the Government's decision to divert foreign aid from alleviating poverty overseas to pay for processing asylum seekers in Australia. "In complete contradiction to the Christmas spirit, the Government is stealing from the poor to support a system that punishes the vulnerable," said UnitingWorld National Director ...

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Congregations and UnitingCare service groups launch Christmas appeal

MORE than 60 volunteers from Uniting Church congregations and UnitingCare service groups throughout Queensland have made a good start in encouraging people to donate to the annual UnitingCare Christmas gift appeal by organising publicity in their local papers and on local radio. This is the 21st year that Target and UnitingCare have joined forces to brighten the Christmas of people ...

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Rocky fundraiser benefits Mwandi children

SOUTH Rockhampton Uniting Church launched their November fundraising drive for the UnitingWorld supported Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project in Mwandi, Zambia, with a trivia night that raised over $1300. Around 35 per cent of the Mwandi population are living with HIV/AIDS and there are an estimated 1300 orphans and vulnerable children. The OVC project provides educational, social and nutritional ...

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Blue Care launches Ashgrove Men’s Shed

BLUE Care Rangeview, which provides respite and social support in Ashgrove, Brisbane celebrated its 25th anniversary and the opening of its new Men's Shed on 2 November. Blue Care Rangeview Service Manager Caroline McCormack says the event will not only celebrate the centre's past 25 years, but also the changes which have taken place to ensure the services offered remain ...

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Change campaigners enrich communities

FIVE finalists have been announced in a new Wesley Mission Brisbane initiative, Campaign for Change, designed to support those in need through enriching Brisbane communities. The winner, to be announced in February, will receive $30 000 and valuable support and expert mentoring from Wesley Mission Brisbane to establish their own community support program. The other four finalists will each receive ...

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Prison ministry shares hope

IN the season when families come together, gifts are bought and exchanged and traditions celebrated, the empty chair is a potent reminder of an absent family member. As Christmas approaches, UnitingCare Community Prison Ministry is the first port of call for prisoners and their families across Queensland, many living at the social margins of our community. The organisation has been ...

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We’re rapt in this gift catalogue!

FROM support for antitrafficking programs to resources for ministry training, the 2012 Everything in Common gift catalogue produced by UnitingWorld offers 30 creative ways to support the work of Uniting Church partners in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. "We've provided a range of gifts that are not only about sharing material resources that help overcome poverty but are also providing ...

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UnitingCare lines up financial aid

UNITINGCARE Community operates a program providing counselling and advice free of charge to any Queenslanders in financial distress. Over the past two years Queensland has seen an increase in the cost of living, job losses, and repercussions of the GFC and natural disasters. UnitingCare Community's Financial First Aid counsellors can provide support over the phone or in face-to-face consultation. The ...

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