You’re all probably pretty familiar with the iconic HFB packing day. You rock up to our premises early on a Sunday morning, we all rush around packing food into boxes, we usually eat an unhealthy amount of cupcakes, we tape up and get out of there.
But 2017 has brought the cupcakes, tape and packing day to you!
(Well, cupcakes are BYO.)
Wonderful little pockets of our Perth community have been getting in touch all year to host their own Community Packing Days with their family and friends. We’ve even had teachers get their students and schools to fundraise, collect and pack their very own food boxes.
Zainab is our Community Liaison Officer, a link between the community and the project.
“As a community liaison officer I help to facilitate the conversation with community members and groups on how they can engage with the project based on their capacity and circumstances.”
She has contributed to the organisation of every packing day in 2017 so far and has experienced the event firsthand.
“Hosting your own packing is a great way to get together with your community with a greater purpose all while having fun. It allows you to take ownership of the project and make it your own.”
Our Coordinator, Maryam, has had the privilege of seeing this project develop since its inception in Perth.
“Community Packing Days are a huge boost to the project. They help us see how far we’ve come on this journey and it feels really rewarding that the community are picking up this idea and making it their own.”
Community Packing Days have also helped us achieve a project goal which is to raise awareness of HFB’s cause.
“It shows that people are starting to talk about issues like poverty in Australia over their dinner tables and being prompted to do something about it. It also shows that everyday people can do extraordinary things.”
Community packing days have empowered our communities to step forward and take on the initiative to give back and better the society in which they live and we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of that.
If you would like to host a packing day with your family and friends, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!