Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker presents a National Volunteers Award to Phil Crofts of the Coffs Harbour Uniting Church Soup Kitchen.
Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker presents a National Volunteers Award to Phil Crofts of the Coffs Harbour Uniting Church Soup Kitchen. contributed

Phil recognised for his work feeding the masses

THERE'S an old saying that sums up the committed work of people like Phil Crofts that 'volunteers mightn't necessarily have the time, but they have the heart.'

Phil a well-known community leader, who has dedicated countless hours to worthy causes across the Coffs Coast, has been presented with a Federal Government National Volunteers Award for his tireless work with the Uniting Church Soup Kitchen, which has been operating for 26 years.

"So many people have benefited from the soup kitchen's generosity, including many Coffs Harbour residents who mark Christmas at the annual Christmas lunch," Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said in making the presentation.

"Phil never beats his own drum and is a quiet achiever who remains humble about his community efforts.

Mr Crofts said the soup kitchen, which is known as the 'Soupie', was only possible through the contributions of a band of dedicated volunteers and donors.

"The 'Soupie' happens because of the efforts of an energetic committee led by our Secretary Audrey Wright, our team leaders, all our 50 or so wonderful volunteers and the endless support from the wider Coffs Harbour community," Mr Crofts said.

Phil said donations were important in maintaining regular soup kitchens and also helped to stage one of Coffs Harbour's most well-publicised and festive Christmas lunches for those less fortunate.

"Some donations are big, some small, some regular, some random, sometimes it's food and sometimes money; but each and every one of them is a sign from the Coffs Harbour community that what we care in some small way," Mr Crofts said.

The Uniting Church Soup Kitchen operates 12.30 to 1.30pm on weekdays at 21 Gordon St, Coffs Harbour. The church will be hold its anniversary Church Service on Sunday, June 26 at 9am.



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