Partners join up for food relief By Narelle Coulter Dandenong South charity Avocare will handle approximately 80,000 kilograms of extra fresh food a month after entering into a new partnership with food relief charity Second Bite. The announcement was made at a networking breakfast held at Avocare’s Zilla Court warehouse on Friday 11 August. The Mad Hatter’s themed breakfast was organised by work-for-the-dole participants to thank Avocare’s many community partners and sponsors. Avocare is one of the largest job training providers in the city. At any one time 100 people are involved in its many work-for-the-dole training programs. Avocare also supports 100 charities with food relief in partnership with Foodbank, Victoria’s largest and oldest food relief organisation. A massive 1.26 mega tonnes of rescued food passed through Avocare’s warehouse last year. CEO of Foodbank Victoria Dave McNamara said he enjoyed working with Avocare founder Trish Keilty and her team as they shared his organisation’s respect for the dignity of those who receive food. “Trish is someone whose heart is similar to mine. She is passionate about people and the community,” Mr McNamara said. “The number of people she has helped is incredible. “If you want a safe happy community you need to support Trish and her team. Food is a basic human right. Trish is making sure the Dandenong community is well fed.” Pastor Keith Vethaak collects food weekly from Avocare to distribute to “hundreds of families” in Narre Warren. He said many of the people helped by his church’s charity Transit were the working poor who were unable to afford rent, bills, school expenses and food. “We are so blessed in our partnership with Avocare. We collect five tonnes of food every week to
Toasting the success of the Mad Hatter's networking breakfast are Work for the Dole participants Rohan Dennington, Alvina Singh and Kevin Cheung with, back right, activity supervisor Rachel Greetham. 171812 Picture: GARY SISSONS distribute. We couldn’t survive without Avocare. “We give $150 worth of food to families every time they pick up. It’s enough to keep them out of trouble.” Greater Dandenong Mayor Jim Memeti praised Ms Keilty and her team. “Trish has made a difference to so many
members of our community since 2003,” he said. “Sadly access to affordable, healthy food is not always available to members of our community.” he added, citing low incomes, lack of transport and unfamiliarity with Western food as contributing factors. “The council is proud to work with Avocare
and we will continue to support this wonderful organisation into the future.” Ms Keilty described Avocare as a “charity with a heart”. “Charity begins at home. Dandenong is our home.”
Better than a good book
Follow the driveway between the flats and the church. Saturday 26 August, 10am to 11am.
What’s on Dinner with a VIEW Dandenong Evening VIEW Club’s next guest speaker is Cliff Hardy who’ll share his memories of the London Blitz. VIEW stands for voice, interests and education of women and the club supports The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program. New members and guests are always welcome. ■ Dandenong RSL, 44-50 Clow Street, Dandenong. Tuesday 5 September, 7pm. Bookings are essential. Call 9795 1222.
Even better than a good book is a friendly group to chat with about a good read. The Open Door book club meets monthly and is welcoming new members. This month the group will discuss The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins over a cuppa. ■ The Open Door, 110 Ann Street, Dandenong. Monday 21 August, 7pm to 8pm. A gold coin donation is welcome. Call Trish or Jo on 9791 8664 for more information.
Your rights art exhibition This display celebrates the art young people aged 15 to 22 made during a series of workshops. The works aim to express human rights through painting, drawing, photography and sculpture. ■ Heritage Hill Museum and Historical Gardens, 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong, until Friday 15 September. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. Call 9793 4511 for more information.
Osamah Sami This is a Melbourne Writers Festival event. This writer, director, comedian and spoken word artist will speak to students and young adults about his life experiences and writing across books, film and TV. ■ Dandenong Library, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong. Friday 1 September, 11am. Bookings are essential. Call 1300 630 920.
Tom and Meg Keneally This is a Melbourne Writers Festival event. Enjoy a light lunch, meet fellow bookworms and go behind the scenes of the Monsarrat series with authors Meg and Tom Keneally. The father-daughter writing duo will discuss Australia’s convict history, and how it has influenced and inspired their work. ■ Dandenong Library, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong. Saturday 2 September, 12.30pm. Bookings are essential. Call 1300 630 920.
Storytelling Live: Tomorrow This is a Melbourne Writers Festival event. Artists Abdul Hammoud, Alice Skye, Sami Shah, Daryll Delgado and Lana Woolf will 26 JOURNAL NEWS Monday, 21 August, 2017
share their thoughts, ideas and stories on what comes after today. From dreams to fears, humour to heartbreak, the concept of Tomorrow means different things to different people. Join us for an entertaining night of storytelling, as some of MWF’s finest artists share their thoughts, ideas and stories on what comes after today. ■ Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, corner Walker and Robinsons streets, Dandenong. Saturday 2 September, 6.30pm.
MakerSpace Tech Tuesdays These free sessions help 12 to 25-year-olds to discover the latest in technology and gadgets. ■ Dandenong Library, Level 2, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong. Tuesday 29 August, 4pm to 5.30pm. Call 1300 630 920 for more information.
Cabaret for 60 years The City of Greater Dandenong Band is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee with a band cabaret. It will feature musical gems and greatest hits from 1957 through to today. There’ll be prizes for the best costumes for famous icons from the past 60 years. ■ Springvale Town Hall, 397-405 Springvale Road, Springvale. Saturday 2 September, 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets are priced from $10 to $25. Visit the band website at
St Kilda Film Festival tour Film buffs can view the best of this year’s St Kilda Film Festival’s short film entries. ■ Drum Theatre, corner Lonsdale and Walker streets, Dandenong. Friday 25 August, 7.30pm. Entry is from $10.
www.dandenongband.org.au or call 0423 925 192 for more information or bookings.
Internationally-recognised artists will bring classic ballet Swan Lake to Dandenong. ■ Drum Theatre, corner Lonsdale and Walker streets, Dandenong. Saturday 26 August, 7.30pm, and Sunday 27 August, 2pm. Show length is 140 minutes, with interval. Tickets are priced from $33.50. Visit www.drumtheatre.com.au or call 8571 1666.
Kings of Croon
Watching the ’hood
This tribute to jazz and swing features Scott Irwin, Derek Metzger and Ian Stenlake. ■ Drum Theatre, corner Lonsdale and Walker streets, Dandenong. Thursday 24 August, 10.30am. Tickets are priced from $16. Visit www.drumtheatre.com.au or call 8571 1666.
Talks on ... Spirituality Stancea Vichie will return as a guest speaker at the next Talks on ... Spirituality evening. She’s a member of the Missionary Sisters of Service and will speak about A Courageous Leader in the Modern World: Pope Francis and His Vision. ■ The Open Door, 110 Ann Street, Dandenong. Wednesday 30 August, 5.30pm to 6.30pm. A $5 donation is suggested. Bookings are essential. Call Trish or Jo on 9791 8664.
Community food swap The Keysborough Res School Community Swap meets on the fourth Saturday of every month. Members swap plants, bulbs, cuttings, homegrown vegetables, herbs and more. No money changes hands. ■ The produce garden at Resurrection Primary School, 402 Corrigan Road, Keysborough.
Greater Dandenong Neighbourhood Watch has two big events coming up in September. A fund-raiser at the Noble Park RSL from 6.30pm on Saturday 16 September will feature a six-piece band. Senior Sergeant Ivan Petrunic will be the guest speaker at its next public forum. ■ Paddy O’Donoghue Centre, 18 Buckley Street, Noble Park. Wednesday 20 September, 7.30pm. Call Dawn on 0407 325 030 for more information.
Spoken word workshops Spoken word artist Abdul Hammoud will host two workshops as part of the [Sub]Urban Studio project. He’ll help participants to workshop ideas and share tips about performing. ■ The Open Door, 110 Ann Street, Dandenong. Thursday 14 September, 10am to noon. A gold coin donation per session is suggested.
Paper craft and relaxation This paper craft and relaxation workshop series will involve various paper products. ■ The Open Door, 110 Ann Street, Dandenong. Tuesdays during August, 10.30am to 12.30pm. A $5 donation is suggested. Call Trish or Jo on 9791 8664.