World Day of the Poor 2021 – Order of Malta in Brisbane provides care through ECM
On the 14th November, the World Day of the Poor 2021, Order of Malta Members and volunteers gathered at the Emmanuel City Mission (ECM) to welcome people in need to the sanctuary. North Eastern Regional Hospitaller Danny Higgins KMG and young Member Caroline Grogan DMG led the volunteer team in offering a free and friendly breakfast, sausage sizzle lunch and special take home treats. In the spirit of the day, a young woman seeking extra clothes was happy to receive more than she expected. Over 40 attendees shared the communal atmosphere, and the volunteers were spiritually nourished.
Caroline shared, “I appreciate seeing the resilience of the human spirit in action where people come in after a rough night and we witness their tense demeanour soften as they are greeted with warmth, kindness and respect”.
Alice reflected, “It feels special to help at ECM and see the positive impact in people’s lives”.
Kylie agreed, sharing that serving people in need is a mutually “enriching experience”.
If you would like to join the Order of Malta Volunteers (OMV) in caring for people in need, please register your interest.