Jan 30

Estelle Hawkins Awarded North Burnett Citizen of the Year

ADRA volunteer Estelle Hawkins is the recipient of the 2023 North Burnett Citizen of the Year. Estelle has demonstrated wholehearted commitment to serving the community of Monto and North Burnett for the past 20 years. She was the key driver behind the opening of the ADRA Op Shop Monto, which …

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Jan 18

Christmas food support at ADRA Wantirna

“Would anyone in the community care if our church closed? Would anyone, other than church members, notice?” This was the question the pastor of Wantirna Seventh-day Adventist Church asked his congregation six years ago. The silence that followed was uncomfortable. The members knew that if the church closed its doors, …

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Nov 10

ADRA’s flood response – 2022

UPDATE on ADRA’s Flood Response: November 17 The Lachlan River in Central NSW is set to hit a 70-year peak today, causing dangerous flooding and cutting off access to towns like Forbes. The river is expected to reach 10.8m. ADRA is partnering with local Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Dubbo, Parkes …

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Nov 07

ADRA Op Shop Morisset becomes one of the largest in Australia

The ADRA Op Shop Morisset celebrated its expansion and renovation with an official re-opening celebration on Sunday, November 6. The op shop is now the sole occupant of a warehouse with over 2000m2 of floorspace, making it one of the largest op shops in Australia. The celebration, attended by State Member …

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Oct 01

Building Belonging – Andrea’s Story

“I was in hospital and rehab for eight months having to learn how to do everything again – walk, talk, speak, make a cup of tea.” Andrea was born legally blind, but she never let it stand in the way of her dreams. Just a few years ago Andrea’s life …

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Aug 16

ADRA’s contribution to food relief initiative featured on TV

With the need for food relief increasing across the country, ADRA Victoria has recently been invited to join Coles and SecondBite’s annual Winter Appeal campaign. Launched on June 22, this year’s campaign is directing its funds to SecondBite so they can continue providing food in the form of cooked meals, …

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Nov 01

How Basketball is Changing Lives

The ADRA community program in the Central Tablelands, NSW, is a shining example of collaboration between ADRA and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Run by the Bathurst, Mandurama and Cowra churches, the program supports families and local schools.  “We have supplied food parcels to 23 public schools in the area every month since April 2020,” says Pastor Raymon Paletua, the ADRA Program Manager. …

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Sep 24

Friendship Day High-Tea

On 23 September 2021, the Victor Harbor ADRA Op-Shop held a high tea in honour of International Friendship Day. “The event was designed to facilitate the meeting together of single people to provide a space where friendships could be initiated or nurtured at no cost to them,” says Dawn Peterson, …

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Sep 13

Debbie’s Story

For as long as Debbie can remember, drugs dictated her life. “I was a drug addict for 48 years,” Debbie says. “I was always rejected from society, being a heroin addict, bikie, gangsta, whatever you wanted to label me.” During this time, Debbie and her family experienced periods of homelessness, …

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Jul 01

ADRA & You – June

A Message from the CEO Wow! June is always a crazy time. And that has never been more true than this year. I want to start by saying a big THANK YOU for your support of our End of Financial Year campaign. We put out a call for support to …

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