Charity calls for community spirit after lacklustre display


A Brisbane based charity has been left high and dry as it attempts to move into its new home.

Despite providing aid to thousands of Queenslanders, Connected Inc’s call for help has fallen on deaf ears.

Myles McGuire reports.

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This temporary warehouse at Banyo has been home to not-for-profit charity group, Connected Inc, for the last two years.

The organisation was first set up during the 2011 flood crisis and has come to the aid of thousands of people since then.

Now they’ve signed a lease on new premises and made a public appeal for help with the move but just a handful of helpers showed up.

Craig Michaels, Connected Inc Founder: “It’s incredible to think that we’ve helped over 10,000 people now to date and on the weekend after having six radio interviews and being on both the news that we actually only received four people that turned up to volunteer for us.”

Federal Member for Ryan Jane Prentice is the patron of Connected.

She says all parts of the community benefit from their work.

Jane Prentice, Federal MP: “They help victims from natural disasters to any particular situation. Women who are victims of domestic violence. They are non-judgmental, they are just there to help you and work with you to get through that situation.”

The new larger premises will help Connected expand their work with both people doing community service and the long-term unemployed.

Craig Michaels, Connected Inc Founder: “What we want to build up here is actual training rooms and counselling rooms so we can continue that work.”

Craig and his team may have found a permanent new home but it’s ongoing support from the commmunity that they’ll need to create a sustainable future.

Myles McGuire, QUT News.