Shar­ing hits the spot


THIS time last year Rob Peachey formed an idea and turned it into a re­al­ity by cre­at­ing Heath­cote Food Share – an or­gan­i­sa­tion fully run by vol­un­teers to help Heath­cote lo­cals in need.

Even Rob, in all his op­ti­mism, couldn’t have ex­pected the sup­port that the idea would gain over the next 12 months, and just how much Food Share’s first birth­day would mean to him.

“I still re­mem­ber when I first started — I had vi­sions of it be­ing like this but I thought it would take three years or so to get there, but it’s taken just one,” Rob said.

“It is very spe­cial to ev­ery­one who has worked here over the last year, al­though it is not about us at all.”

The idea was orig­i­nally to set up stalls be­hind the lo­cal guide hall one day a week and have sup­plied food free of charge for those in need.

How­ever, it be­came ap­par­ent to Rob within the next six months that Food Share would need ex­pand­ing.

“Three months ago it moved to five days a week — we do a bar­beque ev­ery day and some soup in the win­ter.

“Where it started, as just Wed­nes­days, com­pared to now where we have it five times a week, it is amaz­ing.”

Rob ded­i­cated the rise of the or­gan­i­sa­tion to the many vol­un­teers who sup­ply food, help out on the stalls, or even just come down for a chat.

“They’ve been fan­tas­tic from the very start, some­times we get about 30 or 40 peo­ple down here just want­ing to help.

“I mean, it’s like any­thing in life — how far would you get on your own?”

Rob said Food Share is cur­rently look­ing for a place to per­ma­nently set up — al­though the grass of the guide hall has been good to them, he can’t trust the weather for ever.

“It gets a bit cold dur­ing the win­ter, al­though you would think some­one is look­ing af­ter us with the weather we al­ways seem to get.”

“We have a few places in mind, and are hop­ing to make a de­ci­sion sooner rather than later.”

It is clear that Rob doesn’t rate Food Share’s suc­cess on its size, with other goals at the front of his mind.

“As long as no one is go­ing hun­gry, we are sat­is­fied.”

Vol­un­teers help set up the food stalls.

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