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Going casual for a cause

Aug 2015

RTA staff have dug deep and raised $5,417 for homeless charities in Brisbane through their Casual Friday initiative.

As the name suggests, staff may choose to wear casual clothes each Friday in lieu of a donation to the 2 chosen charities – the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade (ECB) and the Brisbane Youth Service (BYS).

RTA CEO Darren Barlow said staff had selected the charities to raise funds for because of their close links to housing.

"Every day RTA staff talk to clients about the importance of secure housing so it is only fitting that staff would choose charities that work so closely to helping the homeless," Mr Barlow said.

"This initiative is driven by staff and I am proud to be the head of an organisation where people want to help others who are less fortunate than they are."

The RTA’s Casual Friday initiative is now in its 11th year and has raised over $35,000 of much needed funds for our chosen charities.

Check out BYS’s thank you on their Facebook page.

About the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade

Over the last 45 years, the ECB has been providing food and hot drinks to people in 4 locations around Brisbane. Volunteers serve between 60 and 100 people in need each day, distributing hot tea and coffee, sandwiches and fruit.

The ECB can also provide clothes, blankets, sleeping bags (if available) and information on relevant support services that can assist people into accommodation or counselling.

The ECB relies on its 150 regular volunteers to make sandwiches daily and ensure 3 people can service the van every morning.

About the Brisbane Youth Service

BYS provide services to young people aged 12 to 25 who are in danger of becoming homeless. They provide a range of support services including a medical clinic, drug and alcohol intervention, housing assistance, mental health programs and specialist parenting programs.

Brisbane Youth Service has 3 locations in Brisbane including the Valley Service Hub, the Centre for Young Families and the Centre for Young Women.

Learn more about the life changing work of the Brisbane Youth Service and the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade by visiting their websites.