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Westfield Local Hero 2020

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. Gift of Bread will use its grant to help cover operational costs.




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Gift of Bread - 2019 Annual Gala Dinner Making the Connection

Sensational guest star Mark Vincent along with spectacular hot trio The Sapphires perform for Gift of Bread's sold out Annual Gala Dinner 2019 at Doltone House Hyde Park in Sydney - Read the full article here

EVERYONE GOT CONNECTED

There's a huge amount of time and effort that goes into organising a glamorous Gala Dinner and we just want to say thank you to everyone who made it a fun and successful evening. Doltone House Hyde Park was the perfect venue for this year’s Gift of Bread Annual Gala Dinner. Their 3 course meal and selection of beer and wines was exquisite and service was impeccable. The hilariously talented Sam McCool was our MC for the evening. Mark Vincent @markvincent stole everyone's hearts with his magnificent opening act and the The Diamonds got everyone dancing with a popular medley of motown favourites. Marcel De Maria founder of the Gift of Bread spoke about the incredible contribution made by the bakeries to sustain our charitable work. Certificates of Appreciation were presented to bakery representatives including: Shepherd's Artisan Bakehouse, Woolworths, Bakers Delight. DJ Justin Valentino kept everyone dancing until late into the night. Of course there were amazing prizes supplied for our auction by Moore Park Golf, Spice Trails Tours, Canterbury Leagues Club, and ballot bidding prizes by Metrospecs, Vic on George, Amato's Liquor Mart, Lynn Pearce Photographer and Euroespresso (Caffe' EuroBlend). We also want to thank many of our VIP guests for sponsoring our cause. These include Doltone House, Canterbury Leagues Club (and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Sydney City Toyota, Scottish Pacific Business Finance, Amato's Liquor Mart, Causbrook & Associates, TMA Group, Shopper Media Group, Adriano Coluccio Funeral Services and Ray White Dulwich Hill Marrickville. Check out all the brilliant event photography by Anthony Burns of #HomePixPhotography https://homepix.com.au/ and also available is the Get Connected Video produced by Bruce Macbryde from VideoEditOz Film/Video Productions that was shown on the night.


All events have been posponed until 2022 because of NSW Emergency Health Orders.

Watch this space for upcoming fundraising events...

Other News

Poets Corner Waterloo Outreach

Last Saturday we resumed our regular deliveries to Poets Corner in Waterloo and the neighbouring public housing towers in Redfern.

Local residents welcomed us back along with the Hon. Ron Hoenig MP, NSW Government and Councillor Linda Scott, City of Sydney Council who joined us on our bread run for the day.

The Redfern and Waterloo districts are home to many public housing tenants. We share bread donated by Coles Supermakets and SecondBite with residents living in and around public housing areas to offset any food insecurity they may be experiencing but mainly to show we remain connected and care about the health and well-being of these communities.

Making All The Difference

Gift of Bread is making all the difference in many local communities around Sydney.

Vinnies Community Sleepout 2019

SLEEPING IT ROUGH ON THE STREET

The Vinnies Western Sydney Community Sleepout at Western Sydney University is a night for local community members, corporate partners, sports personalities and government representatives to band together to support the work of Vinnies Western Sydney in helping those at risk of homelessness.

Homelessness is a growing problem. More than 116,000 Australians sleep rough each night of the year. That’s 1 in 200 people, 44% are women and 27% are under the age of 18.

Last night we supplied bread for the evening’s sausage sizzle. This morning we provided breakfast (bacon and eggs in a brioche bun donated by Luxe Bakery) for more than 120 sleepers who contributed to the cause by sleeping out for a night and raising vital funds for Vinnies programs across the Western Sydney region.

She Was Hot 2019

LIVE & LET LOOSE ROCK'N'ROLL

Last Saturday night was a blast at the Forest Inn Bexley with the fast and heavy sound of classic raw rock. The normally quiet suburban pub was shaking out some huge party vibes as 'She Was Hot' put on another great performance and a successful fundraiser for Gift of Bread.

Koori Radio 93.7FM Interview

Radio personalities Andrea Nevill and Paul Shiel speak with Marcel De Maria co-founder of Gift of Bread on Koori Radio 93.7FM

NAIDOC 2019 Redfern PArk

GIFT OF BREAD SUPPORTS NAIDOC WEEK

This year the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, representing the newly formed Eora NAIDOC Community Group, held their inaugural 2019 Eora Inner City NAIDOC Family Fun Day at Redfern Park on Friday 12 July.

Gift of Bread proudly supplied a variety of different artisan breads for the BBQ held at this free event. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins go back to the emergence of campaigning Aboriginal groups in the 1920s, who sought to increase awareness of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians in the wider community.

The Living Colour of Community



The Living Colour of Community is about the diversity we discover with Gift of Bread — our volunteers, clients, partners, supporters and the people and communities we engage and build relationships with. They all come from a range of different cultural backgrounds and religious persuasions and paint a beautiful, living, colourful canvas composed of their circumstances in life, their struggles and achievements and their individuality. We all share a common compassion for the suffering in our world and have a humanitarian vision that supports our cause.

  • "The Colour of Community comes through our doors every single day”. Craig Bates, Food and Services Manager The Exodus Foundation
  • "Our community comes in a variety of different colours, through their culture, through their beliefs, through their daily living". Paulette Dolenc, Early Childhood Educator at Mission Australia - Miller Community Pre-School Early Intervention Service
  • "It is lovely to have the Gift of Bread come in because it is actually attaching us to the community. It really is showing a lot of community support to people with disabilities. Absolutely fantastic and our guys need it". Angela Williams, Employee Support Officer Centacare Industries, Belmore
  • "Bread brings community together, so that's something that we're grateful about... About having the bread here". Will Sika, Youth Worker Bankstown Youth Off The Streets Australia