"It was showing its age", Rev. Bill Crews, CEO of The Exodus Foundation. "The wear and tear simply couldn't be ignored any more." Thankfully the NSW State government provided a grant of $40,275 for the refurbishment. Local Liberal member, Charles Casuscelli MLA, will help re-open the Restaurant.
Retired architect Robert Irving lent his expertise to the refurbishment task. Crucially he drew up plans for the re-modelling of the food service area, bringing it up to a modern standard. The Loaves & Fishes Free Restaurant has also been repainted and brightened up, providing the poor with a space that inspires hope and dignity.
"John Singleton gave me his race winnings to start our Free Restaurant, and since then countless thousands of individuals have been given hope and new life because of it", said Rev. Crews. "We're now ready to serve the next 2.5 millions meals!"
Date: Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Where: The Exodus Foundation. 180 Liverpool Road, Ashfield