Free barbecue dinners held weekly for those in need

Kwinana locals Rob Bowden and Arn Johansson.
Kwinana locals Rob Bowden and Arn Johansson.

THE CREW offers free weekly barbecues for people in need at Apex Park in Kwinana, and in Rockingham on Governor Road Reserve.

A $2000 grant from fertiliser company CSBP allowed The CREW to purchase supplies and equipment to offer hearty meals, along with blankets, sleeping bags and hygiene packs.

Some weeks, representatives from OneVoice Showers, Fremantle Street Doctors and Orange Sky Laundry services are there for the guests.

CSBP is part of Wesfarmers Chemicals Energy and Fertilisers (WesCEF) and has been part f the Kwinana community for more than 50 years, WesCEF chief executive Ian Hansen said.

Kwinana resident Arn Johansson started coming to the barbecues last year as a recipient but now cooks for the guests after obtaining a food safety certification.

“Cooking is an outlet for me. It’s a great opportunity to meet other people in the same situation and help each other while sharing a meal.

“When you are doing it tough, you often go without and if it wasn’t for the weekly barbecues I don’t think a lot of the regulars who attend our barbecue would get fed,” he said.

The CREW chief executive Garry Eves said the homeless and families-in-need are often not aware of the services available to them and miss out on opportunities for assistance.

“Our volunteers get to know each individual and their challenges, so they can direct them to the most beneficial services,” he said.

Anyone in need is invited to attend the barbecues rain, hail or shine, every week of the year.

The Kwinana barbecue is held at 5.00pm to 6.30pm on Monday night, and the Rockingham barbecue is held 5.00pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday nights.