GRIFFITH’S Carevan is one step closer to getting on the road after the committee received a generous government grant.
Neighbourhood House was thrilled to accept a $9500 grant from local member Adrian Piccoli to support the community initiative.
The grant will go towards turning a regular caravan into a Carevan – a mobile soup kitchen – which will also provide information for people with financial, health, employment or educational difficulties.
Griffith Neighbourhood House coordinator Barbara Penninga said the grant would make a big difference in the lives of Griffith residents in trouble.
“We are absolutely stoked, 100 per cent over the moon,” Ms Penninga said.
“There are close to 20 people on the committee that have worked tirelessly for the last 12 months to raise enough money to complete the overhaul of the caravan.
“We had already raised about $18,000 and this $9500 means we can now turn our fundraising attentions to the next challenge, buying a vehicle to tow it.”
The charity initially discussed creating a regular soup kitchen to ease the burden of Griffith’s homeless but realised they could reach more people by going mobile.
The second-hand caravan was stripped bare to make way for a servery, awning, sink, eskies and storage for tables and chairs which the grant will fund.
Mr Piccoli said he was delighted to help the Griffith Neighbourhood House in their bid to offer a valuable new service to the community.
“I am very pleased to announce this funding as I know it will assist greatly in the Carevan operation,” Mr Piccoli said.
“The Carevan project is a community based response to reach out to vulnerable people in the Griffith and surrounding community, who are disadvantaged and in need of a decent meal and other assistance such as referral to health services.”
The charity will fundraise for a new vehicle at the Griffith Show, in Banna Avenue on October 17 and will host an auction on November 2.