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Dandenong Cornerstone free lunch
On Monday 19 December, Dandenong Neighbourhood House held a free lunch at Cornerstone in Walker Street Dandenong from 11am.
Cornerstone offers a drop-in facility and free meals for those suffering from family violence, drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness, poverty, mental illness and social isolation.
Today was a special lunch which also included presents for all children who attended. Each child received from three to six presents each to help make their Christmas a happier one. There were attendees from various community groups/organisations such as AMES, Red Cross and Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Chris Pyne, Peter Luckock and Darren Padgett from Dandenong Fire Brigade came along to meet with some of the attendees and allow the children to have a sit in a fire truck and talk to the firefighters.
While the lunch was put together and prepared mainly by dedicated volunteers who support the centre, on this occasion the members from Dandenong also gave a hand washing, peeling and dicing potatoes.
Dandenong CFA Community Safety Team has also been working with Dandenong Neighbourhood House by linking into its cooking classes which include a number of multicultural communities. The program involved running fire safety sessions based around cooking and included being taught how to use a fire blanket. Before the lunch a presentation of fire blankets was made to a number of members who had undertaken the training as part of their cooking class and could attend the free lunch.