Charitable Thornlie couple start new venture Moort Care


John and Bev Lowe have started a new charity after leaving Manna earlier this year.
John and Bev Lowe have started a new charity after leaving Manna earlier this year.

BEV and John Lowe have long been associated with Manna after founding the charity 22 years ago but a new chapter awaits them.

After leaving the Victoria Park-based organisation in January, the Thornlie couple have started a new charity, Moort Care.

The new charity will see the couple helping seniors and families after linking up with not-for-profit community organisation Communicare and several metropolitan hospitals by providing food parcels, blankets and other items.

Manna provides food for the homeless and vulnerable and holds events in Weld Square, Northbridge.

Mrs Lowe said the decision to leave Manna came as the couple was looking for something new.

“We wanted a new challenge and we talked about it for a while,” she said.

“We’ve seen the difficulties facing seniors, who struggle to get enough food each day.

“After talking about potential names we settled on Moort Care because it means family and that’s what we are about.

“We’ve launched the Kanga Care program, which promotes young people to donate and we’ve already linked up with Majella Catholic Primary School, Maddington Primary School and Carmel Adventist College.

“We are pleased to be able to support services and excited for a new challenge at our age, we are also grateful of Communicare’s support.”

A launch event for the charity was held at Advent Park in Maida Vale on March 15 to coincide with Closing the Gap Day.

“We had folk from nursing homes come along for lunch and then leave with a gift bag,” Mrs Lowe said.

“Students from Carmel Adventist College came along and waited tables, which was lovely.”

Manna board member and children’s program co-ordinator Sheena Cher said the Lowe’s exit would mean no changes to the programs the organisation delivered.

“In terms of our operation we rely on our team of volunteers, who are passionate about what they do,” she said.

“We are still in contact with Bev and John and wish them the best.”

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