WelCom August 2018:
The Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington, which has been run by the Sisters of Compassion for over 100 years, was honoured as Supreme Winner at the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards ceremony on 26 July. They also won the Health and Well-being category.
Karen Holland, manager of the Compassion Soup Kitchen, said, ‘This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the work by the Sisters and our volunteers. The Sisters have worked in partnership with many volunteers and benefactors for over 100 years. We are so proud to be a part of the story of Suzanne Aubert, the Sisters and the Wellington community. Thank you to the Wellington City Council, Wellington Community Trust and to the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards for this recognition of years of service.’
The Compassion Soup Kitchen was started by Suzanne Aubert in Wellington to help people in need to live with dignity in the community. Today, it is serving breakfast and dinner six days a week, as well as running a purposeful activities programme including fishing, gardening, sewing, writing groups and access to computers. Over 200 volunteers help in the kitchen, dining room and with the activities project and share their talents to help whānau.
The Wellington Airport Regional Awards are run by the Wellington International Airport, the Wellington Community Trust and five local councils to celebrate volunteers for their valuable contribution to society. The Compassion Soup Kitchen will now be in the Regional Award Finals to be held in November this year.