A ‘STONE soup’ stand in the courtyard of the Glenorchy Library proved an unusual, but very welcome, addition to Mental Health Week 2019.
As part of the Mental Health Expo held at the library, the free stone soup kitchen was organised by the team behind the Chigwell Orchard Relocation Project.
Mini Hogan, project officer and chief cook, was delighted with the response from the Glenorchy community.
“Stone soup stems from an idea that everybody has a little something to give and all those little somethings add up to something big that is nourishing to everybody,” Ms Hogan said.
“A community that might think they are poor and don’t have enough to share can find out that really they do have enough to share, and that by sharing they make themselves richer.
“And that is what the stone soup is all about.”
All of the ingredients for the soup were freely donated from members of the community.
Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer made a personal donation to help cover the costs of putting on the event.
“I was delighted to support this wonderful community event and the ‘Goodwood Special’ prepared by Mini and the wonderful hardworking volunteers at the Goodwood Community Centre included potato, pumpkin, leek, nettle and onion weed, which was absolutely delicious,” Ms Archer said.
“Also, Mini and her team are doing a wonderful job with the Chigwell Orchard Relocation Project by salvaging fruit trees from an old orchard that were being cleared for redevelopment and replanting them in the Bethune Reserve, right next door to the Chigwell Child and Family Centre.”
Ms Hogan said once the trees had been re-established, her hope was that the stone soup message would continue with the sharing of fruit in “this wonderfully caring community.”
Caption: Mini Hogan serves up a cup of ‘stone soup’ to Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer.