Soup feed­ing dreams of mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

RAHUL Seth wanted to cre­ate a group to help peo­ple liv­ing with de­pres­sion.

And help he re­ceived from the Vic Park Neigh­bour­hood Soup went a long way to­wards get­ting it off the ground.

Af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with bipo­lar dis­or­der, the Como res­i­dent was look­ing for a safe place to play board games.

Soup , a mi­cro-fund­ing ini­tia­tive started by the Vic Park Col­lec­tive in April 2015, in­volves peo­ple hand­ing over $10 for soup and bread and then lis­ten­ing to a se­ries of pitches be­fore choos­ing who the money should go to.

Mr Seth said the money he re­ceived, which to­talled $890, and the con­nec­tions he made dur­ing the night helped form the Perth Ac­tive De­pres­sion Sup­port Group.

“We’ve had more than 300 peo­ple sign up for our ac­tiv­i­ties; we run the board games at the East Vic­to­ria Park Fam­ily Cen­tre,” he said.

“I do­nated a quar­ter of the money I re­ceived to the Blue­bird Men­tal Health Sup­port Ser­vice and with the rest of the money I bought the board games.

“More im­por­tant than the money, though, were the com­mu­nity con­nec­tions.”

Vic Park Col­lec­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Flavia Par­dini said the soup nights were held every two months or so.

“We want the com­mu­nity to know that it is a source of fund­ing – it’s about con­nect­ing peo­ple with ideas with peo­ple who have money,” she said.

“Even for the peo­ple who don’t win, they can still make con­nec­tions with the com­mu­nity.”

Another win­ner was Lath­lain res­i­dent Shay Dow­ley (12) who re­ceived money for his project to cre­ate cal­ico bags with tur­tle prints.

Shay said he was in­spired to cre­ate the bags af­ter learn­ing about how tur­tles tried to eat plas­tic bags be­cause they thought they were jel­ly­fish.

“I started the project through PEAC (Pri­mary Ex­ten­sion and Chal­lenge) and the $800 I re­ceived helped me com­plete the project.”

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d460358

Rahul Seth and Shay Dow­ley with Flavia Par­dini and in­au­gu­ral Soup win­ner Alana Fluit.

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