Soup van happy in new home
Bunbury Soup Van has been given a new home, after the charity was announced as the recipient of Go West Tours’ main sponsorship, as part of its annual contribution to the community.
Go West Tours has donated free use of its kitchen, building and parking facilities at its Denning Road depot to the service which will allow the charity to establish a new base.
Go West Tours general manager David Haoust said staff member Rebecca Seinemeier heard the service urgently needed a new premises and brought it to his attention.
“Our depot was not being used, so we were very happy to provide them with a new home,” he said.
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“The Soup Van plays an important role in our community, run by volunteers to provide food for those most in need at weekends when other charity food services are shut.”
Bunbury Soup Van president Denise Ladhams said the Bunbury Soup Van previously used the former Getaway Outdoors store on Strickland Street but needed a new home when the premises was leased.
“When Go West got in touch through Commercial Realty, we were amazed at such a generous offer,” she said.
“We moved in just in time to sort out all of our donations and hampers for Christmas, so it’s been really beneficial.”
Denise said the free use of the Go West Tours premises allowed all community and business donations to be put back into helping people in need, maintaining the soup van and volunteer training.
The Bunbury Soup Van delivers soup and bread to up to 60 people every weekend and is run by volunteers.
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