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THE first night of Griffith's soup kitchen saw
volunteers Val Rowe and Kim Clifford
serve up meals to about 30 youths.

GRIFFITH'S soup kitchen has been hailed a huge success after about 30 young people used the service on its first night of operation.

Organised by local support group Suicide Awareness in conjunction with the PCYC, it is hoped the concept, in its trial stage, will attract others in the coming weeks.

PCYC youth program officer, Senior Constable Mick Forster, said he was surprised how well attended the night was. "Initially things were slow but by the end of the hour numbers were definitely encouraging." he said.

"They all seemed happy to be fed and, from a policing point of view, I think it's really worthwhile. We are getting kids into the club and a lot didn't look like they would get a good meal that night."

"They are kids who are roaming around the town, so it's good they came in, and to hear that they will be coming back is encouraging."

Suicide Awareness president Val Rowe said she was shocked by the numbers that turned up. "I really didn't expect so many - I knew there was a problem but I didn't expect this" she said. "These kids were all very grateful."

Organisers thanked Donut King and Bakers Delight and the many others who donated food items for the night. The soup kitchen will run every Friday this month and will then be scaled back to once a fortnight.

By Tanya Pattison, The Area News, Wednesday April 5, 2006.






Suicide Awareness .com Inc

PO Box 8039, Griffith
NSW 2680, Australia