Beaudesert rallies to provide food and clothing for homeless kids

LEGENDS: Leigha Clarke with BeauFM's Rhonda Emerson at the free barbecue in Jubilee Park on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
LEGENDS: Leigha Clarke with BeauFM's Rhonda Emerson at the free barbecue in Jubilee Park on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

BEAUDESERT residents turned up on Sunday to show support for the town's young people who are living through tough circumstances by providing a hot meal and some winter woollies for kids in Jubilee Park.

The event came about after local resident Leigha Clarke joined with a friend to create a Facebook page called Beauy BBQ Legends.

The group cooked their first barbecue in Jubilee Park last week with four teenagers turning up for a meal and a chat.

Ms Clarke said they had been utterly respectful and had mentioned that there were more kids sleeping in Jubilee Park who would appreciate a feed.

"We called the group Beauy BBQ legends because that seems to be the way we fix things in Aussie towns, we throw a barbecue and figure stuff out," she said.

"I honestly know there are quite a few kids doing it tough as sleeping in the park because it's unsafe to go home.

BeauFM volunteers with Leigha Clarke at Jubilee Park.

BeauFM volunteers with Leigha Clarke at Jubilee Park.

"I know what that feels like from my own experience, these kids don't need to be hounded or told they are worthless, they need support and guidance."

Ms Clarke said they had launched their Facebook page last Wednesday and received an influx of messages from people wanting to know how they could help.

Rhonda Emerson, who hosts a regular talk program on community radio station 101.5 BeauFM, said she had invited Ms Clarke into the studio for an on-air interview last week.

"It brought a tear to my eye because you don't realise how many homeless kids there are out and about," Ms Emerson said.

Several volunteers from the radio station were on hand for the event bringing sausages, burgers and fresh fruit. Beauy Food Pantry chipped in with the bread and buns.

Former owner of Beaudesert Country Florist, the recently retired Cheri Crawford was also at the event, helping serve the food and contributing some hand-knitted beanies to the pile of winter clothes donated.

Ms Clarke said they would be making the barbecues a regular thing, inviting young people to come along for a feed and a no-strings-attached chat.

Cheri Crawford donated some hand made beanies for the event.

Cheri Crawford donated some hand made beanies for the event.