A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love
— Saint Basil
THE KINDNESS PROJECT
RaokMelbourne began as a small seed planted in Sebastian’s heart to share kindness throughout the city of Melbourne .The idea was to use his cheffing skills and cook a meal for a random person every day of 2017.The hope was to encouraging individuals and groups to practice kindness in their everyday life without expecting anything in return.
Ten years ago a little idea was born – why not bring together people from all walks of life over a home-style meal – let’s call it Community Meal. Let’s not make it like a soup kitchen, but serve people on their tables, sit down with together to eat and enjoy a night of friendship and laughter. That little idea has been going strong for ten years now, continues to be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday night of each month and has made a significant impact to the Marion community.
To mark the occasion, our enthusiastic volunteers who usually cook for Community Meal had a dream to give attendees a MasterChef style meal like they’ve never had before. What ensued was a great deal of volunteer hours to pull off a lavish dinner for 100 locals and the atmosphere at the dinner was a beautiful mix of anticipation, fun, thankfulness, good music and incredible food – a true sense of community.
What people said about the Community Meal 10th Anniversary Celebration:
“The meal and the atmosphere was absolutely brilliant.. Absolutely delicious and outstanding.”
“This is a very dedicated and cheerful group of volunteers. Quite unique in today’s climate.”
“I always enjoy myself here. It is a very pleasant change from being by myself.
“Best Eton Mess ever! Loved the apples with the pork. Also enjoyed the salad immensely – would love the recipe. I loved that the food was healthy and yummy. Thank you for spoiling us tonight.”
“This event was magnificent. Proud to be a part of the community dinner. Thanks for 10 fabulous years
A hungry stomach needs a well fed heart to serve