FRIDAY August 5 will see the first barbecue for the needy held in the Camden Haven.
At 3pm on the Camden Haven River foreshore, behind the Laurieton United Services Club, a group of like-hearted people will be on the tongs providing free food and support for those who are homeless or in need.
Organiser of the barbecue Graham Lee, with the support of Nathan Killick from the Camden Haven Anglican Church and Theo Hazelgrove, are keen to hear from the needy to understand what support and services are required to help individuals and families facing homelessness or difficulty.
Anyone keen to help on the barbecue, provide encouragement or a listening ear are also welcome to attend on Friday.
Camden Haven Medical Centre has offered to be the drop-off location for non-perishable donations of food and comfort or hygiene products.
“Luxury items like shampoos and moisturisers are also welcome so we can give care packages to men and women on Friday,” said Camden Haven Medical Centre manager Caroline Gaut.
The medical centre will also have a donation tin to help fundraise for future barbecues.
Seating and shelter at the riverside location will be provided by the LUSC.
“Since last week any gaps we had in donations of food for this first barbecue has been met by the community,” said Graham Lee.
“T-Bones Laurieton, with the support of Gavin Rippon from Camvet, have covered the cost of meat, Laurieton Bakery is donating fresh bread, Top End Fruit and Veg have given food. We are looking for some added items like sauce and maybe some treats like biscuits to be donated.”
The barbecue will be held every Friday from 3pm-5pm for around four weeks to gauge the level of need in the community.