As part of its street outreach services, Life-Gate Inc has been busy for the past five months fundraising for a new mobile kitchen, Meals For Change, to provide meals for the homeless and people in need. Unfortunately, Life-Gate was struggling to reach its target.
Enter a host of guardian angels. Karingal Hub, the St Kilda Football Club, Bayside Shopping Centre, Creative Artroom and members of the public all dug deep to get Meals For Change up and running.
Karingal Hub made up the $8000 shortfall Life-Gate needed to buy the mobile kitchen, which centre manager Catherine Polley said Karingal Hub was proud to support. “The work that Life-Gate does makes a real difference within our local community and Karingal Hub is honoured to be able to support the Meals For Change initiative,” Catherine said.
The Saints then invited Life-Gate to be their charity partner for their season launch on Friday, March 9, with all money raised going to Meals For Change to buy food and other necessities.
Bayside Shopping Centre and Creative Artroom agreed to become corporate sponsors of Meals For Change; a GoFundMe fundraising campaign raised $3500 for the mobile kitchen, and Dunkley federal Liberal MP Chris Crewther negotiated a $10,000 Federal Government grant for the project.
The incredible response delighted Life-Gate co-founder the Rev Angel Roldan. “We’re amazed at how the community has come together to cover this shortfall,” Angel said. “We are deeply grateful to Karingal Hub and the Saints for their generosity and support. They saw the need and were quick to step in and contribute and we’re so thankful.”