With a little help from his friends

Darcy Goodwin, operator of the Five Loaves Mobile Soup Kitchen, has a well-known catch phrase: the work never ceases and the pleasure never ends.

It’s a motto he definitely lives by, as he provides free food and furniture to needy people right throughout the year and it’s a rare occasion when you won’t see Darcy with a smile plastered across his face.

Darcy has been helping others for the last 21 years, but like any charity, the wheels fall off if there’s no money coming in. And in this case the wheels may really fall off, with Darcy desperate for help to repair one of his vans and get it registered so he can stay on the road.

“We have no government funding and we really appreciate the support we get from the community, but the time has come to ask for more,” Darcy said. “We have no intention of stopping, but in order to meet the level of need that’s out there, we need more help.

“We work six days a week and six nights a week meeting the need and dodging the greed. We hope the community can help us continue that.”

Darcy said part of the reason they are so busy is that as rents increase, young people are under constant pressure and can barely afford to eat as well as pay rent. This year marks 12 years since Darcy started providing free food to students at Southern Cross University and these days he has around 100 people coming to his weekly Tuesday lunch.

Darcy is looking for donations or in-kind support to get his van on the road. If you think you can help, phone Darcy on 6622 0318.


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