Saturday, September 2, 2017

Homeless again

Well as you know I worked hard to get on my feet. But a few days ago I was kicked out and found myself with no money and nowhere to stay. Homeless again.
The difference this time is I  know I can get back on my feet, I just need to stay positive.
I have nothing but a bag of clothes and my car but I know I can do it.
I went back to selling Big Issue magazines which I'm grateful I can.
I have positive news from here though. WOOHOO.
I went to my surgeon appointment and he said the bad pain I have is not because of my blood condition but it's nerve problems which means no more surgery for this little black duck WOOHOO.
In a way getting surgery now would have meant accommodation in hospital for a week so would have been good too. Haha
I found a little one bedroom unit for $235 a week so I'm staying positive about getting the money for first two weeks rent and then putting furniture in it. Starting all over again OHNO.
But when thinking about sleeping in the streets or in my car it's worth it.
So I don't care how many magazines I have yo sell I will get on my feet.
I would like to say that if someone has a spare lounge, bed, kitchen stuff or household items please let me know. grantthepoliteguy@gmail.com
I know I have written about getting back on my feet and then helping so many people do the same. Just know I will be helping others again but first I need to help me now.
Thank you very much for reading my blog and if you like my stories please donate at the top left hand side of screen.
Have a great day.
Grant the Polite Guy
grantthepoliteguy@gmail.com 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Helping Homeless in a big way


Afternoon all, as most of you know I’m going to my last Signal Flare Homeless BBQ this Sunday the 7th as I am stepping away from the big homeless BBQ’s that I started many years ago and putting a lot more of my efforts towards helping people in a much bigger way one on one. Signal Flare has an amazing board and will continue to grow and do many more events helping thousands of people. I’ll still help with foodvans some nights a week throughout Brisbane when I can though.

I’m going to help homeless and people in need to start getting on their feet more with helping them into accommodations, getting a job, getting counselling, but more so being someone that is happy to walk with them at their pace towards getting on their feet.  

It is hard getting a homeless person a job, big gap in work history and most are not used to working so many hours and to say the least most have no or very little experience in anything. A tough challenge but I think of it this way it’s going to be a lot easier if I’m helping them.

Now I’ve been thinking of different jobs I could help look for which is a challenge because most have no or little experience. Talking with a few mates and great contacts I have in the city we are putting a new project together which I’ll be running at first to build it up and get regular customers while working out the does and don’ts with everything.

I contacted Mayfair Dry Cleaning in the city (The BIGGEST Dry Cleaners in the CBD for 60yrs) and we are going to be offering a pick up and drop off service for people in the city. People book and I’ll come around and pick up the clothes and take to Dry Cleaners once cleaned I’ll deliver them back. Now the best news is the dry cleaners is doing all the billing and everything else I’ll just be doing pick up and deliveries. The Dry Cleaners pay a commission to me so the price is the same for the customers as if they dropped off to the shop. Sounds awesome right!!!

Think of it this way, if this works well all there is to this is picking up and dropping off clothes. I can easily train and give an opportunity to many people who want to get on their feet. Please note I’m not going to be sending homeless into offices to collect dry cleaning, by the time their ready to do this I’ve already helped them in a huge way getting on their feet including having accommodation (If needed) and looks professional.

I know right now you’re thinking but I work outside of the CBD. That’s awesome if you get let’s say 20 items or more then we will come collect as long as within Brisbane suburbs.

Now here’s the great news if we collect before 9am then you’ll have your dry cleaning back within 4-5hrs and all the cleaning and billing is all done through a 60yrs business with a lot of experience. WOOHOO.

I want to add this because it’s important. I am only building this so I can help people in the future when it’s running well but if you drop off yourself to one of his shops then we have no part in it so please click the pick up service it’s free to you, saves you time and your helping people in a positive way.

Right now go to www.mayfairdrycleaners.com.au and book for tomorrow morning pick up.

 

Now a lot of people are asking about what I’m intending to do for Papua New Guinea. I’m still collection toiletries, clothes, food and much more filling a 20ft shipping container to send over and handing everything out for free. But I’m also starting a small business there making PNG branded bikini’s and swim wear for selling to tourist, markets and hopefully overseas. But this business I’ll be setting up and once running I intend to give for free to a family looking to run it. If I can I’ll help set up quite a few business over there and give them away for free to people who show they want to run a business. Of course I’ll make sure they know everything needed and introduce them to many contacts in that field who will offer advice and help.

Writing all this I just realized I have a lot of favours to ask from a lot of my contacts depending what they do. Hahahaha.

I work real hard and get amazing results for someone who don’t get paid and in fact sells Big Issue mags for income.

Thank you very much for reading my blog and I hope you have a great day. If you enjoy my stories or writing please consider donating using the “Donation Button” at the top left of the screen.

Grant Richards
Grant the Polite Guy
grantthepoliteguy@gmail.com

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Fired Up


Firstly I’m really sorry I had to delete my last few post.

I was very depressed earlier this morning, but to be honest it was someone that knew me as a homeless guy that really renewed my fire in helping people.

You see when he knew me I was homeless with nothing and I got an idea of asking a lot of people for clothes they didn’t want, toiletries and food and started my first Homeless BBQ where we helped about 400 homeless. It went on to doing BBQ’s every 8 weeks and a couple of years later turned into a charity “Signal Flare” which is still going and doing events every 8 weeks.

I was depressed because I over the last few months I wanted to start helping people in Papua New Guinea which is very much a 3rd world country and only a few hundred kilometres away from Australian shores . I went to my own charity and two others to ask for help. I was rejected and told no. I felt like giving up and quitting.

No I asked and he don’t want me to mention his name so I’ll call him “Tom”

Tom asked me if I had the same charities helping with the first Homeless BBQ I did? I said no

Tom asked if I still did the Big Issue magazines for income. I said Yes.

He went on to say how inspired he was just knowing me because aside of all the spinal damage, being homeless, having nothing to my name I still was so determined to make them BBQ’s happen just to help others. He did say more but I don’t want a BIG head writing it, haha

He went on to ask why was I down because a few people don’t want to support me in this project? My answer was easy “Because it’d be easier” haha. “Then it wouldn’t be a project worthy of you mate. If it was easy others would have already done it.”

Believe when I say I’m all fired up again and I’m going to still help homeless and people need in Australia but I guarantee I am going to get shipping containers, fill them with clothes, toiletries and canned food then ship them and hand out everything for free to people who really are doing things tough. Then I’m going put windows and a door in the shipping container and give it for free to a family to live in.

Also I’m going to think of and help put some kind of business’s together to hand to people to own and run as a means of earning income. This seems hard right now but unless someone says let’s get it done it’ll never get easier.

So I’m going back to my basics like I was before and being “Grant the Polite Guy” a Big Issue vendor that helps people.

I’m going to make this post short because I have a lot of calls to make.

I don’t believe one man can make a difference, but I believe a lot of people can get help when a community comes together to say “I give a shit and want to help.”

Thank you very much for reading my blog. I hope you all have a great day. If you like my stories/writing please feel free to donate using the top right hand of the screen button.


Grant the Polite Guy
Grant Richards

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Christmas Event


This is another Homeless BBQ we did 2 weeks ago. Sorry I just didn't have time to post it here.

Wow what an amazing day, We had our "Signal Flare & Dalton Hospitality Xmas BBQ 4 the Homeless & Others in Need" and of course it was a huge success helping in the high hundreds of Homeless and People in Need.

 I want to give credit where credit is due, Berni Palings, Anna Croce and Janet Munro our Signal Flare Board worked there butt off for countless hours planning and bringing everything together for the event to even start.

Jerome Dalton from Dalton's Hospitality brought a huge workforce together to not only collect the food but to prep it, bring a kitchen to the event and cook everything so perfectly. It not an easy task but Jerome always puts his hand up high to offer. Mate Thank You.

Tami Dunn from Share the Dignity as always for turning up and making 150+ women feel more dignity by donating handbags filled with toiletries which is just amazing.

Jay Larkins mate your the man, you drove that van going back and forth picking up and dropping off homeless all day in the hot sun. Thank you.

 Santa (Rod Hyatt) as always you made this such a special day sitting on such a hot day handing out presents to Homeless and people in need kids. The smiles were on every child and to me that makes your time and efforts priceless.

Belinda Adams you are such an amazing person, you collected the present and even fund raised to collect even more presents to give for kids that may not get a present at all this year. Truly an inspiration.

Dave and Denise you both helped in such a huge way getting collections and even driving all the way from the Gold Coast just to deliver even though you couldn't stay and see all the good work you done.

Lisa Ann Sylvester your an amazing cook and even brought cooked cookies from home, you are always happy to help and truly someone I think highly so I say Thank you.

Carolin Petzke I don't think you have ever missed an event, you truly are amazing and is always first to pitch in and give a hand. Thank you for being you.

Amanda Rodgers turning up to give FREE hair cuts all day is truly an inspiration. You do such great work. Thank you so much for everything you did for the homeless today.

Susan Nitz you little champ, you always have a smile and help as much as you can. Really Thank you for being you.

Kelly Danvers and family were amazing all day. I did stop to look and was inspired just seeing this family helping in such a huge way.

Theresa White and family was an inspiration knowing such great people were out there.

Christine Spicer not only did you come to help out but you brought people that needed help and looked after them. I wish there were more people like you.

Susan Wanmer Thank you so much for everything you did, you really are an amazing person and I say Thank you.

Natascha Mirosch you helped raise money to hire a van so we could do pickups and so much more. I want to say Thank you and I'm inspired just knowing you.

Angie Watson and Brian Mclucas are amazing people, you both organized Christmas presents from and workmates to give to the homeless. Amazing.

Austin Lewinsmith Mate, you are an inspiration to me and are helping me so much to even help me on my feet building a successful business. You brought your two boys and friend to help Homeless and People in Need. But the most impressive thing is that I know how successful you are with everything in life and yet you made time to spend helping Homeless and People in Need, but more importantly teach your kids the same values in helping others in need. You are a great guy and I'm proud to know you.

The people from “The World Food Markets” donating hundreds of beautiful donuts and helping out on the day.

Now I know I'm missing at least half of the incredible people there today making a difference but I couldn't seem to tag you for some reason.

 

I want to say a HUGE "THANK YOU" to all that helped and made today a HUGE success. You are all amazing people











 
 
I'd like to thank you all for reading my posts, and please know I only have one Christmas wish and that's, "Your safe over the Holidays". Make my wish come true please.

Have an awesome day.

Grant the Polite Guy.
 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Comming together as a Community Goodna


WOW what a day yesterday was, but first a quick recap.
Over 1,000 of JBS beef workers have had huge hours cut coming down to 2 days a week and some weeks no work at all and all this has been happening since January this year. A lot of these workers have been there for 10+ years.
This means a lot of these families are now having trouble making “ends meat” so to speak.
Buying food for their families or paying rent?

Doing a joint effort with Helen from “Goodna Street Life” and “Signal Flare” we collected huge amounts of food and toiletries with a huge amount coming from “Share the Dignity”
We all did a call out and asking the community to come together and help people in need when they needed it most. Helpers, food and toiletries came from everywhere.

Pallets of food, Boxes of everything and people brought car loads of stuff they had collected from friends and families all came together to help. It really was an amazing sight-seeing so many people wanting to help.

About 600 worker families that had been doing it so tough and hitting hardship came and collected only what they needed so others could collect too. There were “Thank you’s” everywhere. A lot of the people helping even had to step away once or twice because it was so heartfelt to see such need.

I’m sorry to say that even though we had collected so much we still didn’t have enough food or toiletries. I felt so bad that here we were saying to these people we know your in a bad way and to come down and we will help you then when they turn up there’s nothing there for them. I quickly grabbed a pen and paper and started writing down names and phone numbers saying I’ll quickly do a call out and get food and toiletries to them within the next few days.

So over the next 2-3 days I’m collecting as much food and things as I can to quickly get them out there to the families that didn’t get anything.

Also because of such hardship we are doing the event again but this time in a much bigger way with a lot more food and toiletries. On the 1st of OCT at “Goodna Street Life” 2 Mill St, Goodna from 10am.

So once again I am asking please help us to help others, we need any types of FOOD and TOILETRIES so we can give for free to these people doing it so tough. If many people donate a few things then it adds up to be truck loads.

Thank you.

 
 
 
 
 


 

Now this next bit I’m very very excited about. WOOHOO

Everyone knows I make such little money as a Big Issue vendor but I try to help as many people as I can.

I have started a new referring business that is going to be awesome, here’s how it works.

You go to the site and compare things like power, mobile phones deal and even home internet. It could even be the same company you already use. For example if you wanted a new mobile phone, go to the site and click mobile phone and it’ll bring up Vodafone website with my link attached. You get the same deal you would with Vodafone anyway but they’ll pay me 10% every time you pay your bill for a referring commission.

I could use this money to help so many more people in a huge way and people get the same deal they were on. It don’t matter which company you’re on, please compare if you get same or better deal and switch using my site.

I love this, it’ll earn money and free my time to help more people click here www.ahandup.acndirect.com 

The best news is that it’s not Australia, this site works in lots of countries around the world. Just click your country flag and it’ll bring up your local services. If anyone wants help setting up their own site let me know and I’ll be happy to help you set it up for you.

Have you clicked to site yet? Just check it out and see how easy it is.

I’d like to ask everyone though when you choose a service or package could you please email me your name and what service you did so I can track and make sure it went under my link right. Accidents happens.


Grant the Polite Guy
Grant Richards

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Helping 1,000 families


I got a phone call from “Helen” at “Goodna Street Life” asking for help for a lady which is going to be one of my biggest challenges yet.

I meet up with Helen and this lady “Angie” to work out what has happened and what was need. I soon found out that since Jan 500 people were fired and all remaining workers had their hours cut by half and even some weeks no work at all. Angie and her husband both work for the meatworks and since their living only on little hours were having trouble each and every week.

Feeling sad for her I asked what can we do to help? Her reply was just asking for food and toiletries for her family and families effected and hurting as well.

I quickly thought how we should help because to me helping a family going through such tough times they could easily fall backwards and become homeless without support, I would rather help people not becoming homeless instead of waiting for them to become homeless and then help.

I asked how many families are we talking about needing help with food and toiletries.

1,000 workers with families.

Now don’t get me wrong I heard the words and almost fell over. We do HUGE homeless BBQ every 8 weeks, but this was getting resources for not just 1,000 people but 1,000 families and if I was going to hold this event we might as well invite homeless and people in need in the area and help them too.

I took a second to remember I had bad health and I myself was only a Big Issue Vendor making very little money myself. But this wasn’t about me and these people needed help. I knew I would have contact “Bernie the Polite Girl” and our Signal Flare team to help bring the community together and ask for help to help them.

On the 18th in a week we will be helping well over a 1,000 people at
“Goodna Street Life”
2 Mill St Goodna
10am – 2pm

We desperately need helpers, food, clothes and toiletries. As much as we can.

Let’s show the community coming together to show we care and give a hand up.

I can be contacted on email grantthepoliteguy@gmail.com or selling my Big Issues in the city.

 

 

Now this next bit I’m very very excited about. WOOHOO

Everyone knows I make such little money as a Big Issue vendor but I try to help as many people as I can.

I have started a new referring business that is going to be awesome, here’s how it works.

You go to the site and compare things like power, mobile phones deal and even home internet. It could even be the same company you already use. For example if you wanted a new mobile phone, go to the site and click mobile phone and it’ll bring up Vodafone website with my link attached. You get the same deal you would with Vodafone anyway but they’ll pay me 10% every time you pay your bill for a referring commission.

I could use this money to help so many more people in a huge way and people get the same deal they were on. It don’t matter which company you’re on, please compare if you get same or better deal and switch using my site.

I love this, it’ll earn money and free my time to help more people click here www.ahandup.acndirect.com  

The best news is that it’s not Australia, this site works in lots of countries around the world. Just click your country flag and it’ll bring up your local services. If anyone wants help setting up their own site let me know and I’ll be happy to help you set it up for you.

Have you clicked to site yet? Just check it out and see how easy it is.

I’d like to ask everyone though when you choose a service or package could you please email me your name and what service you did so I can track and make sure it went under my link right. Accidents happens.

I’d like to thank you very much for reading my blog and I hope you all have an awesome day. Remember in 7 days we are helping over a 1,000 people in need so if you can help please do.


Grant the Polite Guy
Grant Richards

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hero's


Well last Sunday we did another Homeless BBQ helping a lot of people with free food, clothes, toiletries and much more and that’s something to feel good about because it’s helping so many people, but really the biggest joy for me this time was watching organizations and people who just want to help come together as a community to help homeless and people in need when they need it most.

I have lost track of how many BBQ’s we have done but it’s every 8 weeks for at least the last 8 ½ years. That’s thousands and thousands of people getting help. Something to say “A job well done” not just me because I started it but the community because I couldn’t have ever done it on my own.

Then there’s the people we have helped one on one. Amazing.

To think a homeless guy with nothing started all this. WOOHOO.

Now I want to take the focus off me and share a few pics of some amazing people who helped come together to make a difference in people’s lives they have never meet. These guys are Hero’s




 

 


Grant the Polite Guy
Grant Richards
grantthepoliteguy@gmail.com