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Bunbury’s soup van’s on the road

Emily SharpSouth Western Times
The Bunbury Soup Van is back in business with founder Denise Ladhams, treasurer Sasha Nichols and the Stirling Street Arts centre’s Robyn Lowit, Graeme Lush and Rebecca Corps helping to make it happen.
Camera IconThe Bunbury Soup Van is back in business with founder Denise Ladhams, treasurer Sasha Nichols and the Stirling Street Arts centre’s Robyn Lowit, Graeme Lush and Rebecca Corps helping to make it happen. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

The Bunbury Soup Van is back on the road with the community already rallying behind the not-for-profit group in its mission to help those who need it most.

After a 10-month hiatus, it is all systems go for the dedicated team of volunteers who have worked to get the venture off the ground and back onto Bunbury’s streets.

Bunbury Soup Van founder Denise Ladhams said they had been officially operating since April, helping 176 people so far and surprisingly 50 children.

“Really what our main aim is at the moment is to get a solid roster of volunteers, which we are starting to build up really nicely and just run it smoothly and efficiently for a good six to 12 months,” she said.

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The organisation has received a welcome boost from the Stirling Street Arts Centre with money from a WA Day sausage sizzle donated to the Bunbury Soup Van.

Centre administrator Robyn Lowit said they were excited to see the van running again and proud to be able to support the organisation.

“Coles sponsored a sausage sizzle and all the proceeds from it were to be donated to a charity or a community group of our choice and of course we picked the soup van because it’s awesome,” she said.

“We were able to donate over $1000 and we think it’s the best cause in Bunbury at the moment. Being a community centre we have homeless people who use our verandas as shelter, so it’s close to our heart and we want to see these people looked after.”

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