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The breakfast club

  • By Denise Muir · Australia, APEC

 

The breakfast club

Main aim of the charity

The Breakfast Club has been running successfully since 2003. We currently serve in excess of 800 meals a month. Our guests can enjoy full cooked breakfast or lighter meals such as toast, cereal and fruit. Tea, coffee, Milo and fruit juice are also available, all for free. Some of our guests are homeless, others are on low or fixed incomes and struggling to make their money stretch. But Breakfast Club offers much more than food. For many guests, the most important thing is the chance to mix with other people in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Ages of people attending range from babies to people in their 80s. The ability to form friendships and support networks in an accessible and informal setting enables participants to develop social connections and supports. Participants often meet away from Breakfast Club and assist each other with chores, transport etc. Some have offered short-term accommodation to others in housing need. Several guests have become volunteers with Breakfast Club, or other activities or groups within the local community. It is also a place where people can get information and help with a range of issues from experienced and trained volunteers.

How the employee got involved and why

The breakfast club submitted an appeal on Facebook, saying HELP, We are desperately running low on food and personal items for the homeless. I thought the best way to start would be a fundraiser through work. Everyone was extremely generous, allowing me to deliver car loads of food, personal items and kitchenware.

What work does the employee do for charity?

I still collect goods wherever possible and deliver to them. If they are low on anything specific, I will buy the goods and deliver immediately as this is usually needed for their night runs.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

Extra finance for this wonderful, non –profit organization would make a huge impact on how many more people we could help who are less fortunate and fallen on hard times.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

The impact on myself would be to see the JOY on the faces of these wonderful volunteers, knowing we could all help many more homeless. Not only with food but also any specialist care they may need. We could upgrade the kitchen area where the free meals are supplied and cooked daily for the community. It would be wonderful to always have a full tank of fuel for the night runs supplying more food and essential packs to the needy. It would just be wonderful in many ways.

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