When you have more than you need, build a longer table and not a higher fence

The beautiful quote is being well-practised by Mrs and Mr Harugunani who extended their table to the ones that needed it the most – the homeless on our streets, through a brilliant initiative that started in 2017 by the name of Astha- Providing hope. A charitable organization that is working effortlessly to not just feed the hungry and needy but to also help elevate them to a place in the society that each one deserves. Every fortnightly Saturday, Team Astha layout tables near Central Station to feed more than a hundred of our homeless friends, offer free haircuts, warm clothes along with daily essentials and toiletries. There are also efforts to reintegrate some of these less fortunate people into society by helping them find a job. Astha currently has over 70 dedicated volunteers including school kids, working individuals and homemakers who passionately devote their time and energy to arrange various aspects of the Saturday fortnightly meal service such as preparation, transportation and distribution.

The dreams for Astha are bigger as they want to live up to their Motto of ‘No one sleeps on an empty stomach!’. They are aiming to buy a mobile van which will be equipped with a fridge and a microwave to help them reach the needy regardless of rain, hail or dust! With this Van service, they plan to serve 25,000 meals in a year.

A cultural fundraising event is being planned to seek support from the community to buy the aforementioned Van. The ticket cost for the event is a mere AUD40 and will enable the contributors to not just enjoy the musical performances by the Bollywood band-AKS, dance performances by Rhthym Dance Academy, a buffet dinner but also, to donate towards this highly humanitarian cause! Bowman Hall in Blacktown will host this wonderful evening on Friday, the 9th of August, 2019.