Mandurah: gardens around Sutton St hall to be memorial for Nikki Wise

Nikki Wise.
Nikki Wise.

THE small gardens around Mandurah’s Sutton Street hall, former home of the Reach Out Drop In Centre, will become a memorial garden in honour of Nikki Wise.

The volunteer leader was killed in a motorcycle crash at Serpentine last year and the City has been approached by her family to have her name remembered as a legacy to the work she did.

The City of Mandurah will also establish a $2000 scholarship in her name.

The Reach Out Drop In Centre was a not-for-profit organisation established by Ms Wise in 2012 to provide evening meals for people in need.

By 2014 the service was providing about 205 meals a week, including about 47 each Saturday.

But following her death, the service closed down after a short while and the service is now delivered by Peel Soup Kitchen.

The council was told at its meeting last night that Ms Wise was remembered for her tireless work in the community and her dedication to those in need.

Numerous tributes after her death remembered a dedicated person who never sought the limelight, who committed her life to helping the homeless, the hungry and the hurting and who left a lasting legacy in the community that would never be forgotten.

Aside from her work at the Sutton Street hall, she was also organised fundraisers, including one on the western foreshore in 2012 that attracted 3000 people and a Christian lunch on the eastern foreshore in 2015.

The Nikki Wise Community Services Scholarship will provide training for workers in the community sector who provide support to social disadvantaged and homeless people.

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