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Help for a good cause

Community spirit was alive when Holmesglen visited not-for-profit food organisation, FareShare, to donate $1,460 to help disadvantaged people.

Staff presented the Abbotsford-based kitchen with a cheque – total proceeds from the Institute’s Easter Hot Cross Bun Drive (where suppliers had contributed the raw products, to make the buns).

FareShare is the brainchild of patisserie teacher Guido Pozzebon, who co-founded the company in 2000. The company's vision is to grow a society "where food is not wasted and no one goes hungry."

By using left-over food, the project cooks and distributes meals to the community's most vulnerable. Guido has seen his cause go from strength to strength. Starting off by cooking 200 pies, FareShare grew to provide 1.3 million meals in 2017, with aims of providing 1.5 million meals in 2018. And next year, FareShare is expanding to Brisbane, which will help them provide up to 5 million meals per year.

The company has become so large, Guido has since handed over the day-to-day duties and now serves as a mentor. "I always said, I'll plant the seeds but I'll need everyone else to help me water the forest as it grows. When you give a little, you get it back tenfold."