Braemar College’s Jedha Kinder in Year 6 recently joined the fight for homeless people when she helped out in the The Big Umbrella Soup Kitchen.
Jedha shares her experiences here.
There were ten people that came to help, including my Dad and I.
We got to see Father Bob Maguire and we met a man, and called him macaroon man. There was a lady who said that this was her first meal in four weeks. We gave her steak, chicken and veggies vegetable soup, macaroons, rolls and bananas. She said to everyone in our team, “God bless you and have a wonderful year.” The lady said she was surprised how many people rocked up at 9.00 o’clock.
One of the men came up to get some food, steak, chicken and burgers. We ran out of plates and had to make up sandwiches for the rest of the homeless people.
One man had to wear women’s clothing because he didn’t have anything else to wear. There was a man that had a hole in his throat because he had throat cancer. I felt really sad to see that people live like this.
We went around the streets offering food to people that were poor. There was 900 kilos of food given out that night.
There was a little boy that kept taking lots of food to his family, and at the end I gave him a bag of macaroons, three sandwiches and a steak.
Em said thank you to everyone that helped and hope that this would change our thinking about people who live on the streets.
We fed over 2’000 people during the night.
I would like to thank Em, Justin and The Big Umbrella for feeding all the homeless people.
by Jedha Kinder