Date: May 23, 2021 | Sun, May

Location: University of Newcastle, University Drive Callaghan NSW 2308

KU Wonnayba Children's Centre has celebrated the 125th anniversary of KU Children’s Services.

The theme of the celebration was ‘making a difference through 125 years of social impact and early education’ and KU Wonnayba recognised this special milestone by supporting the Soul Cafe 2021 Winter Appeal.

The Soul Cafe is a non-government funded community organisation that provides hundreds of free sit down and take away meals each week to highly disadvantaged members of the Newcastle community.

“We set ourselves a goal to collect at least 125 items such as soups, stews, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant, as well as warm jackets, coats, hoodies, warm socks, beanies and sleeping bags,” said KU Wonnayba Director, Brooke Meadows.

“Our families and educators began to donate items to our basket and it began to overflow so quickly that it needed to be emptied every day.”

“By day 10 we had collected 134 items. We knew that we could double this number, so we challenged our community and by day 16 our tally was up to 259 items. By day 22 we had our final number – 350 items to donate to the Soul Cafe,” said Brooke.

“Two of our staff members, Sheryl and Tash, went to visit the Soul Cafe in Newcastle and on arrival we were greeted with fabulous smiles from the very people these donations would go to help. To say the Soul Cafe was thankful was an understatement.”

“We would like to thank all the families and educators at KU Wonnayba for giving so much to help so many in need. The donations will really make a difference this winter.”