Food for thought

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - By DENISE S CAHILL

WEL­FARE and ad­vo­cacy non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion CARAD will buy a food truck with $100,000 it re­ceived from Im­pact100.

The Perth-based ser­vice, which sup­ports asy­lum seek­ers, refugees and de­tainees, along with Dress for Suc­cess, which helps women from var­i­ous back­grounds en­ter the work­force, were the 2017 win­ners of Im­pact100’s major grants.

CARAD vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Joanna Josephs said the food truck aimed to break down the so­cial stigma around asy­lum seek­ers and refugees in a pos­i­tive way. She said clients would op­er­ate the food truck, selling their cuisines at pub­lic and pri­vate events.

“It’s some­thing we can all agree on… food,” Ms Josephs said.

Su­bi­aco-based Dress for Suc­cess will use its $100,000 to con­tinue the job readi­ness and work­place es­sen­tials mod­ules it has been pi­lot­ing this year.

“Over the next two years we’ll be able to ex­pand to help an ex­tra 1000 women by run­ning work­shops twice a week,” Op­er­a­tions man­ager Diane Mur­fit said.

“We’ll have guest speak­ers to em­power women and pro­vide them with fold­ers so they can record their jour­neys.”

Im­pact100, which has do­nated more than $1 mil­lion to charities since 2012, voted on and pre­sented the grants at Fraser’s last month. Ca­hoots, Bark­ing Gecko Theatre Com­pany and Birdlife WA re­ceived $10,000 each.

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CARAD vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Joanna Josephs and Dress For Suc­cess op­er­a­tions man­ager Diane Mur­fit.

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