Club Kawana Partners With Local Charity For Christmas

A friend’s experience on the streets has prompted a local business manager to reach out to the region’s homeless this Christmas.

Local business Club Kawana has partnered with charity Rosies – Friends on the Street to bring the Christmas spirit out onto the street to bring a hot meal and friendship to the Sunshine Coast’s most needy.

Club Manager Patrick King said the experience of losing a friend to homelessness made him realize more help was needed in the region.

‘He was a very intelligent man, and always up for a chat when I ran into him,’ Mr King said.

‘He passed away a little while ago, and his funeral was the most heart wrenching I’d ever been to.’

From this experience, Mr King became determined to help the homeless in any way he could.

He reached out to several local charities to offer assistance, eventually contacting Carolyn Wilson, Sunshine Coast branch coordinator for homeless charity Rosies – Friends on the Street.

Partnering with Rosies street van, Club Kawana provided Christmas dinner to local homeless for the first time last year – but for Mr King that wasn’t enough.

‘After the first Christmas I spoke to Carolyn in regards to giving the Caloundra patrons a hot meal once a week,’ Mr King said.

‘We now supply hot meals to the Caloundra patrons every Tuesday night.’

Ms Wilson said the hot meals offered by Club Kawana are much needed in the Caloundra region.

‘We are now seeing around 40 patrons visiting our van on Tuesday nights,’ said Ms Wilson.

‘The patrons queue up while the van is still being unpacked – they seem more needy, or possibly just more hungry on Tuesday nights.’

Club Kawana will serve a festive meal to local homeless in the lead up to Christmas at Caloundra’s Felicity Park – including plum pudding and custard.

‘We recognize charities like Rosies rely on strong community support to survive and thrive,’ Mr King said.

‘It gives us great pleasure to help in some small way,’