Darcy Goodwin from the Five Loaves Mobile Soup Kitchen will be hitting the road in style this week after Lismore City Council donated a second-hand van to replace his ageing vehicle.
On Monday, Lismore mayor Merv King (right) and general manager Paul OSullivan presented Darcy with the keys to the new(ish) van, which is worth more than $13,000.
With a little help from his friends, 77-year-old Darcy has been travelling around 1000km every week for the past 18 years in his old jalopy, providing free meals to the homeless and delivering food parcels and furniture to people in need around Lismore, Nimbin and Casino.
A grateful Darcy said he, his wife Margory and his many volunteers would find delivering the 300 free meals a week a lot easier with the new set of wheels.
We clock up on average 18 hours a day and those days are filled with pleasure all the way, said Darcy, whose motto has always been the work never ceases and the pleasures never end.
Darcy said he was continually humbled by community support, from the people who give him free fuel and surplus fruit and vegetables to those who simply wish him well.
Im totally enthralled with the appreciation from the public they wave at me, support me, give me a dollar or tell me to keep it up, he said. With the generosity of Council and others we can keep serving meals to those who need them.
Nimbin resident and Darcys friend Shari Bullock said Darcy really was a modern-day hero.
He will scout out furniture for the needy, blankets for the cold and food for the hungry he goes to the TAFE, the university and Nimbin to help nourish a hungry society, Shari said. To feed those that struggle with survival and those caught out in a situation where they feel there is no help and no hope, Darcy will arrive to save the day.
Darcy is now hoping a generous benefactor will provide Five Loaves with a central storage shed in Lismore to keep donated furniture for distribution. Cash donations are also being sought for a Boxing Day Christmas lunch in Peace Park.
Anyone who can help should phone Darcy on 6622 0318.
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