Matthew's mission from God to feed riverbank masses
IF THINGS had been different, Matthew Songora could have easily gone down a path of alcohol and homelessness.
Instead, the Rockhampton man's religious beliefs gave him a thirst for helping others.
Every Thursday morning, Matthew provides food and water for the less-fortunate of the Rockhampton riverbanks.
For a time, the Neville Bonner Hostel employee, would use his own money to pay for the items.
"I came from a Christian background and I want to do god's work," Matthew said.
"I like to put back into the community and tell them there is still hope to live life.
"They are people my brothers and I used to play footy with, they went down that road and I went down mine."
Yesterday, the charming, generous man, gave pies, chicken skewers and rolls to 15 men and women on the riverbank.
His deeds bringing a smile and a distraction from the most difficult of circumstances.
Matthew knows the $36 million re-development to the riverbank will force the group to move on.
"Unfortunately they are in the public eye and it can be pretty scary for people sometimes," he admitted.
"Before the riverbank precinct idea came along they were still here.
"I just see them as people who need food and water."
Riverbank dweller Meghan Freeman gave her endorsement to Council's bold vision to transform the area.
She said it was a reality that they would be forced elsewhere away from the impressive new-look project.
"We come here every day. But we won't be coming here when it is built because there will be too many children," Meghan said.
"We aren't allowed in the CBD area (due to alcohol consumption) so we will go down to Tent City.
"We aren't hurting anyone, we are just a bit loud sometimes and the fighting.
"It think it will look nice when it is all done."