Rockhampton man Matthew Songora gives up his time and money every week to deliver food to the region's less fortunate,
Rockhampton man Matthew Songora gives up his time and money every week to deliver food to the region's less fortunate, Matty Holdsworth

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."

READ: How this six-year-old Rocky girl is changing lives.

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."

READ: We asked the Riverbank dwellers, we you move?

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."

READ: How mayor Margaret Strelow plans to tackle the issue.



Mum fights through depression to shed 51kg

premium_icon Mum fights through depression to shed 51kg

Combat sport drives physical and mental transformation

Police warn of increase in rural fraud, hunters trespassing

Police warn of increase in rural fraud, hunters trespassing

Police say farmers have enough to worry about with drought

Subbies target Turnbull over $15b payment ripoff

premium_icon Subbies target Turnbull over $15b payment ripoff

Why building subbies aim to target marginal seats

Local Partners