Guy Mason - June 2011
01 Jun 2011
Many Rooms fundraising dinner
On Wednesday June 15, Many Rooms is hosting a special fundraising dinner at the William Angliss Restaurant to raise funds for The Kitchen - a drop-in centre aimed at those in need in the community, particularly the homeless.
The Kitchen operates on a Saturday afternoon at the North Melbourne Community Centre, and offers a two-course cooked lunch, and a safe place where people can hang out and catch up with friends.
It is also a means by which friendships are made between those in need and the volunteers and so it helps to break down the barriers between people from different backgrounds.
While the lunch is the main focus, the centre also facilitates a range of social and recreational activities, such as pool, table tennis, board games and outings such as going 10-pin bowling.
The Kitchen is one of only a handful of out-of-business hours drop in centres in the city and the only one operating on Saturday afternoons in the north-western part of town. It provides a safe and welcoming place, a nutritious and filling meal and opportunities to socialise.
The Kitchen attracts a range of people – some from the local public housing estate, others who are homeless, including those who are “rough sleeping” on the streets.
The Kitchen receives funding from the City of Melbourne and City on a Hill church, but also needs additional funds from fundraising to pay for a kitchen manager, pay for rent, equipment, food and other expenses.
Many Rooms would like to be able to run a range of other structured social activities such as art groups. There are also plans to expand to open up a second room elsewhere. The fundraiser is a way to raise awareness of the work of Many Rooms, for funds to be raised, and people to enjoy a great night out around a dinner.
People can find out more by going to http://www.manyrooms.org.au, or calling 9614 8998. They can book tickets at: www.trybooking.com/NUC.
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