This is the story of a little soup shop in Melbourne that makes a lot of lives better everyday. But you've probably never heard of it...
In Centre Place, about half way down, you will come across "The Soup Place". Out the front you'll see the big black kettles full of tasty soup. You will also see lots of post-it notes and that's where the story really starts.
George, the manager, saw a pizza place in New York that allowed patrons to buy slices for the homeless. They would write their name and a little message on the note and then homeless people could come in and have a slice for free. George decided to bring this idea to Melbourne and now OVER 6,000 bowls of soup have been served to the less fortunate. People pay $3.50 for a bowl of soup that usually costs $7.50. They write on a post-it note, sometimes it's just their name, other times it's words of kindness like "Be safe tonight, you are important". Everyday those that can't afford a meal come and get a bowl of soup and some bread and when they do a post-it note goes from the fridge to the bowls on top of the fridge to show how many people have been fed. Brilliant.
Today I saw 3 gentleman John,Dave and Tony digging into their soups.
"How is it gents?"
"Bloody delicious" Dave smiled.
I asked Tony how it felt to know that people care.
RSPCA NSW is desperate to clear its overcrowded shelters so the price of adopting a pet will be cut to $29. It's not just dogs and cats but even goats, ponies and pigs looking for homes. Some have spent more than 100 days waiting for a new family.
Normal adoption procedures and checks will still apply.
A wine marathon has drawn thousands of runners in France! At 40km the race is as long as it is boozy, with 23 wine pit stops along the route. Runners can also stop and enjoy specialty stalls along the route serving oysters, steak and ice cream! Would you give this marathon a go? #9Today
This time-lapse shows how a Dutch construction company put in a tunnel on highway in Netherlands in just THREE DAYS. The busy national road was shut over one weekend but was back up and running by Monday morning commute. www.everythingearthmoving.com.au
A uniformed policeman approached me in a Melbourne coffee shop yesterday just after I got back from Canberra. He seemed more frustrated and disillusioned than angry.
After he shook my hand, and thanked me for our campaign for tougher sentences, he explained his mood. He’d just heard about that man who walked free from Dandenong Magistrate’s Court after deliberately running over a policeman and smashing into an ambulance and police car outside a McDonald’s at Heatherton.
Fawad Raoofi, 28, of Mentone wasn’t sentenced to one day in jail after leaving police officer Patrick Bolger with broken ribs and continuing health problems.
Raoofi’s excuse: He was high on ice and couldn’t remember his violent behaviour.
Imagine getting picked up drink-driving and then claiming as your excuse that you were drunk and couldn’t remember doing it. Too pissed to be convicted of the crime.
No wonder coppers are fed up after risking their lives, doing the hard work, and getting dangerous crims to court only to be betrayed by weak magistrates and judges.
Raoofi, an Afghan national, was in a stolen car in which he’d committed other crimes.
The magistrate did ban him from driving – for two days. He said he needed his licence because he was his mother’s carer.The softie on the bench bought that one too.
Fawad Raoofi should be sent back to Afghanistan. He’s negated any refugee compassion. DH
After work I went to the store to pick up a few things.
While checking out, the cashier, looked at my name tag and said, "So what do you do there?"
I replied, "I'm a nurse."
She continued, "I'm surprised they let you work there like that. What do your patients think about your hair?"
She then proceeded to ask the elderly lady that was in line behind me, "What do you think about her hair?"
The kind older lady said, "Nothing against you honey, it's just not for me."
Then the cashier continued to comment that they didn't allow that sort of thing even when she worked fast food and that she was shocked that a nursing facility would allow that.
Well, here's my thoughts. I can't recall a time that my hair color has prevented me from providing life saving treatment to one of my patients. My tattoos have never kept them from holding my hand and as they lay frightened and crying because Alzheimer's has stolen their mind. My multiple ear piercings have never interfered with me hearing them reminisce about their better days or listening to them as they express their last wishes. My tongue piercing has never kept me from speaking words of encouragement to a newly diagnosed patient or from comforting a family that is grieving.
So, please explain to me how my appearance, while being paired with my cheerful disposition, servant's heart, and smiling face, has made me unfit to provide nursing care and unable to do my job!
REPORTS SUGGEST, THAT THE POLICE ARE NOW SAYING IF YOU SEE A DOG LOCKED IN A CAR IN HOT WEATHER TAKE A PICTURE OF DOG AND CAR , IF A PERSON IS WITH YOU GET THEM TO BRING UP WEATHER FOR YOUR AREA ON THEIR PHONE SO YOU CAN SCREEN SHOT THE TEMP, CALL 000 THEN BREAK WINDOW , THIS WAY YOU SHOULD NOT BE CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL DAMAGE AND IT GIVES THE POLICE THE PHOTO EVIDENCE TO TAKE OWNERS TO COURT. CAN EVERYONE PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION TO PREVENT THIS CRUEL ACT FROM HAPPENING.