Bev pays it forward
Bev McGhie says her latest venture is sending her broke, but she will never stop giving to her community.
BEV McGhie’s actions may be sending her broke, but it is not going to stop the 53-year-old giving back to her community.
The East Victoria Park Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF) market manager is well-known for her generosity, sense of humour and love of giving to others.
Mrs McGhie recently started Pay It Forward – a scheme in which visitors to the market can pay for a meal, receive a voucher and put it in the voucher box. The voucher will then be used to provide a meal to someone who is less fortunate.
She said she came up with the idea because she found there were people getting “mingy” with their money
“We could see that something was going on at the market and people were struggling,” she said.
“At the end of the night, I started sending leftover food home with people, no questions asked.”
The program kicked off last month and people have embraced the initiative.
“I decided to approach the Christian Centre for Social Action, who look after the homeless in Victoria Park,” she said.
“Then I approached Kris Halliday from the Salvation Army, from Open Doors program, and they deal with the homeless and run a soup kitchen.
“I hand about five to 10 vouchers a week to Kris from the Salvation Army to help the homeless.
“The people who receive the vouchers get very embarrassed, so we open a bit early so they can come in and get their meal and be on their way.”
Mrs McGhie has little tolerance for greed and injustice.
She said she had visited other markets and could not believe they were not involved in a pay it forward scheme.
Many regulars at the markets have suggested Mrs McGhie should be nominated for an award for her efforts and are surprised by her response.
“I tell people if they put my name in for an award I will never speak to them again, I just do my job and go home to go to sleep,” she said.
The TGIF Hawkers Market is open from 5pm until 9pm every Friday at 852 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park between the TenTen Kitchen and the IGA.
Bev McGhie, in East Victoria Park, with some Pay It Forward vouchers.
Bev McGhie with the Salvation Army’s case manager Christina Wallis and Street Outreach Service Manager Lieutenant Kris Halliday.