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Order of Malta Australia


Over 120 people attend annual Coats for the Homeless fundraising breakfast in Brisbane


Report by Derek Pingel

This year’s Queensland Coats for the Homeless fundraising breakfast held at the Brisbane Club on 9 March was again a tremendous success with just over 120 attendees.

Members and guests of the Order of Malta, Brisbane’s Archbishop Mark Coleridge and his Auxillary Bishop Ken Howell, Members of the Order of Saint Lazarus, Members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, together with many dignitaries and their guests came together to once again show support for those homeless within the Queensland region. A significant amount of money was raised which will assist in ensuring adequate funds for this year’s Queensland commitment to distribute 1500 coats.

The Honourable Margaret White AO, this year’s guest speaker, provided a sobering insight as a result of her commission in 2016/2017 leading the Royal Commission into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory. Her findings and subsequent insights highlighted the need for much more work to be done in this area to protect and support the youth throughout the Territory and broader community. Justice Martin Daubney in his role as MC kept everyone entertained and the mood light hearted and thoroughly enjoyable.

This annual breakfast has become one of Queensland’s primary fundraising initiatives which brings together a tremendous group of like-minded people all with a goal to assist those homeless and less fortunate in our community. Much thanks on behalf of the Order must go to each and every person attending the breakfast who generously contributed to this important work.

To learn more about the project or to make a donation, visit our Coats for the Homeless page. 

If you would like to be informed about upcoming events and receive regular project updates, email with your postal address and we will add you to our Newsletter distribution list.

View our gallery of images from the 2018 Breakfast:

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.