High tea to raise money for the homeless

Volunteers from PATHWA are gearing up for a high tea fundraiser.
Volunteers from PATHWA are gearing up for a high tea fundraiser.

PERTH homeless organisation People Assisting The Homeless Western Australia (PATHWA) will hold a high tea fundraiser this month to raise much needed funds to help those doing it tough.

The organisation, which was founded at the start of 2019, has already made a difference to many, serving thousands of meals since its inception and preparing healthy, home cooked meals for more than a hundred homeless people each week.

The organisation is not government-funded and relies on donations, fundraising and volunteer support to continue to help those most vulnerable in Perth.

The high tea will include afternoon tea, champagne and tea and coffee – as well as raffles and an auction, all set in the picturesque Perth Hills.

PATHWA Co-founder Paul Gale said the organisation, in conjunction with UnitingCare West’s Tranby Centre, helped provide not only a warm meal, but dignity, respect and crisis support to those in need.

He said PATHWA had no paid employees, only volunteers, so all money raised went directly to providing food for homeless clients.

“Providing a hot meal is only the starting point – drawing people down to the Tranby Centre provides the opportunity for case workers to engage with clients to understand their issues and start to address those barriers preventing them from gaining accommodation and employment,” he said.

“To continue this important work, PATHWA requires funding to source the food to turn into the nutritious meals it prepares.

“The demand for meals amongst Perth’s homeless community is only getting greater, so we need to continue to raise funding to support our work.”

The high tea is on November 17 from 2pm to 5pm. Tickets $40 with all proceeds going to PATHWA.

For ticket information go to www.facebook.com/groups/PATHWA/ or email pathway.perth@gmail.com