Melbourne Cup Breakfast
Each year we hold an annual fundraiser in the form of a Melbourne Cup Breakfast to give back to our local charities
Previous years charities have included The Luke Priddis Foundation in support of children on the Autism Spectrum, The Queen of Hearts Community Foundation for survivors of child sexual abuse, Our Community Cares to assist in purchasing chemotherapy chairs for the cancer unit at Nepean Hospital and most recently, The Haven – Nepean Women’s Shelter, for which we raised almost $20,000 to help establish a crisis accommodation shelter for women, with or without children, who are homeless or leaving domestic violence in the Greater Penrith area.
Thank you so much to everyone for attending the 2018 Melbourne Cup Charity Breakfast. As you heard during the speeches yesterday, all of the money raised from the breakfast will go to the Penrith Community Kitchen to help them remain afloat and continue providing meals to those in need.
Thanks to the generosity of all of you who attended, those who provided us with raffle prizes, purchased 100 club raffle tickets and provided items that we could auction off (and those who were unable to attend but provided us with financial donations), we raised $38,337.50!!
Thank you to this years sponsors their donations greatly assisted us in breaking the record of raising the most amount of money for a nominated charity from all previous Nepean Business Network Melbourne Cup breakfasts.
• The Great Walk Foundation
• Adams & Partners Lawyers
• Judge Accountants
• Steadfast Group Limited
• Bank of Queensland
• Community Broker Network
• ClickMedia Digital Printers who kindly donated all of our signs, flyers, name tags and 100 club tickets
We would also like to thank Shane Simpson and the staff at Café 2773, their hospitality and service was fantastic.
I think we can all agree that we have an amazing local business community!
The stories of the kitchen are never ending and everyone has a story to tell.
Steve has been coming to the kitchen for over fifteen years. When he was just fourteen years old his family had a breakdown. He mum and dad divorced and his mum found a new partner. The stepdad did not like Steve and kicked him out of the house, from that moment on he became a “Street kid” and has been coming to the kitchen ever since. If you ask the ladies about Steve they will tell you he is the most beautiful person with a heart of gold who would do anything for anyone.
The volunteers who run the kitchen don’t judge.
They are the most beautiful group of giving women and men you will ever meet and they not only provide a warm meal and somewhere to sit down and take a load off, but also supportive ear if you need it. Cathy who is in charge is honestly the most incredible and selfless person. She shared some stories of the people from the kitchen.
One story is of a woman who came into the kitchen and she was pregnant, she had left an abusive relationship and decided it wasn’t safe to stay any longer. She had two children aged two and three who went and stayed with her mum but there was not room enough for her too. This woman stayed with her grandmother instead but she was frail and unwell and she felt she was being a burden so with nowhere else to go she took to the streets. I’m sure none of us can imagine being on the streets and pregnant! The kitchen again offered her a warm meal, a place to sit and an ear to listen, plus an opportunity to learn about the opportunities available for support locally.
I’ve shared different stories today so you all don’t have the same stigma about homeless and underprivileged. Sometimes it can be one unfortunate life changing event which means the difference between living comfortably and finding ourselves wondering where the next meal may come from. Currently, the kitchen feeds up to 800 a week, including around 150 children and teenagers sadly these numbers seem to grow each year.