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Tuesday 14th May, 12.15pm

The Archbishop of Brisbane,
The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall,
and the Dean of Brisbane,
The Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt,
invite you, your friends and colleagues
to join them in “Sharing our giving”
in our Cathedral,
Tuesday 14th May, 12.15pm

In 2019 we once again thank our many sponsors for their dedicated support of this flagship annual event, led by the enthusiastic team at WINE & DINE’M – we really appreciate the ongoing commitment of everyone to helping our Cathedral in ‘sharing the giving’ with others in the 26th year of LOAVES&FISHES.

The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt said St John’s Cathedral was delighted and honoured to announce Professor Greste as the guest speaker for the 2019 Loaves and Fishes Luncheon.

“Over the years, the Loaves and Fishes Luncheon, which is now in its 26th year, has taken pride in staging a unique event and presenting speakers who are extraordinary people with an incredible, relevant and engaging story to tell,” Peter said.

“We’re also very proud to continue our support for vital Brisbane charities with this year’s proceeds going to Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only hospice for children with a life-limiting condition.

“They provide a wonderful service for children who are facing a serious health challenge and the support that gives to families in the form of best practice short break stays can’t be understated.”


Download the invitation brochure (3pp PDF, 1.55MB – including RSVP form and discounted Cathedral Square parking info*) here

Places: $55 per person
(Company tables of 10 available, $550)

RSVP by Friday 3rd May 2019
You may either:

1. Complete the form on-screen, then click the “Save to submit” button to save the completed PDF to your computer/device.
Rename the file [e.g. “LNF_RSVP_[SURNAME/COMPANY NAME]” then email it back

2. Print only the blank page 2, complete by hand, then scan and either:
email it back OR print and post to:
Loaves & Fishes 2019, St John’s Cathedral, GPO Box 421, Brisbane Q 4001

(*Please note: ‘Secure-a-Spot’ pre-booked parking available only within 30 days of the event – from Monday 15th April on.)

OUR L&F 2019 MC is ABC TV Queensland newsreader Matt Wordsworth

Former Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

Foreign correspondent and academic Professor Peter Greste, who spent 400 days in an Egyptian jail, will be the guest speaker at the annual St John’s Cathedral LOAVES&FISHES Luncheon.

There may have been times during his 400 days of unjust incarceration in an Egyptian jail in 2015 that foreign correspondent Professor Peter Greste dreamed of eating Aussie fish and chips back home.

But he and guests at the annual Loaves and Fishes charity luncheon will be able to savour the best fish and chips served in a cathedral, as Professor Greste regales the audience with stories of a media career steeped in achievement and two decades of experiences from the front line of the world’s most dangerous countries – and most notably, his Egyptian nightmare.

Sydney-born and Brisbane-bred Professor Greste has lived in London, Belgrade, Africa, South America and Afghanistan and his work as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, the BBC and Al Jazeera took him all around the world.

But he found himself in the unenviable and perilous position of being transformed from covering the big stories to ‘being the big story’ after he and two Al Jazeera colleagues were dramatically arrested by Egyptian secret police for purportedly reporting news that was ‘damaging to national security’.

He was subsequently tried and convicted to a seven-year jail term, but was released without explanation after almost 14 months in prison, thanks largely to a social media campaign which saw the hashtag #FreeAJStaff receive three billion impressions, one of the largest campaigns in history.

The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt said, “Professor Greste defined the strength of the human spirit when he fought against injustice along with his media colleagues from Al Jazeera and he has a very personal and compelling message about human rights which continues to be one of his great passions.”


Hummingbird House is Queensland’s only children’s hospice. We provide short break stays, family support services, creative therapies, and care at the end of life. Hummingbird House is a place where kids can be kids, families can reconnect and precious memories can be created.

Current statistics estimate around 3,700 Queensland children are affected by a life-limiting condition. Diagnosis with a life-limiting condition means a child is not expected to reach 18 and, in most cases, their life expectancy is much, much shorter.

Hummingbird House delivers best-practice paediatric palliative care in a home-like environment. This includes:
• 24/7 scheduled and emergency specialist care
• short break stays
• pain and symptom management
• occupational, music and art therapy
• care at the end of life and after-death care
• psychosocial support programs for the whole family, including grief and bereavement support

Hummingbird House is an eight-bed facility on Brisbane’s northside, with five family accommodation suites, therapy rooms, multi-sensory room, all-abilities accessible bathroom, pool, large outdoor spaces and play centre, teenagers’ retreat and a specially-designed space for care at the end of life.

It costs more than $4.4 million each year to operate Hummingbird House as a free service for Queensland families, with funding provided for only around one-third of this total. The remainder of our costs we can cover only with the support of the community—people like you,supporting the generosity of spirit demonstrated by St John’s Cathedral volunteer teams and the sponsors of the Loaves & Fishes Luncheon over the past 25 years.


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