Issue 3
Tuesday, 05 May 2020
Charles Darwin University
Kindness Shake volunteers at Casuarina campus (supplied by Tatenda Mapuranga)
Kindness Shake volunteers at Casuarina campus (supplied by Tatenda Mapuranga)

Kindness shakes growing in Darwin

By Monique Paschke

More than 700 meals have been distributed as part of the “Kindness Shake”, an initiative providing international students and community members in need with a free weekly feed. And the program is growing.

The collaboration between CDU, local businesses and community groups has been running for more than a month and is now servicing about 200 people each week.

CDU International Student Support Project Officer Ben Poveda-Alfonso said due to high demand the Kindness Shake would soon begin to operate three times a week, with two new pick-up points in Darwin’s CBD.

“We’re pleased to be able to expand this service to even more people, especially to those who live closer to the city,” he said.

“We are regularly seeing more than 200 people turn up to our Friday grab and go service. It’s clear that the Kindness Shake is helping to meet a demand within our community.”

Mr Poveda-Alfonso said the support of the community for the Kindness Shake had been “amazing”.

“Despite all the difficulties people are facing, it has been incredible to see international students, businesses and Territorians band together to help those in need.”

The Kindness Shake provides a grab and go meal service Fridays at Casuarina campus, Sundays at International House Darwin (Searcy Street), and Mondays at Melaleuca Refugee Centre.

To find out more visit the Kindness Shake Facebook page. The Kindness Shake has been made possible thanks to the support of community groups, local business owners, amazing international student volunteers and the NT Government.