Serving the Poor in our Midst – Western (Melbourne) SIP

Come along by yourself or with a group of friends! Be open to having your thoughts expanded or challenged by the evening of conversation, which begins with our speakers, followed by conversation around tables and then by open forum across the room. The room opens off the Bistro area.
  •  19 March 2019
     7:30PM - 8:55PM


Charlie Desira grew up in Malta in the aftermath of the Second World War. He migrated to Australia in 1963 at the age of 18. Charlie found work at Australia Post, beginning sorting mail. He rose to become Operations Manager of Australia Post Transport.
Charlie left to found his own transport company, C&M which he managed for ten years before retiring from active work. Charlie offered his services to the Holy Eucharist Parish where, as a volunteer, he helped with settling ref¬ugees. This work made him aware of many others in need in the area. In the year 2000, Charlie was responsible for providing a food outreach from the parish. This humble beginning expanded into what is now the Loaves & Fishes. In 2006 they entered into a new arrangement with Food Bank Victoria.

Foodbank Victoria is the state’s oldest and largest food relief organisation with nearly 90 years’ experience in providing relief to struggling Victorians. They rescue and distribute mil¬lions of kilograms of food each year – helping to feed more than 100,000
Victorians each month via 450 charity partners across the state. Emily Dawson is one of the
Food Donor Coordinators for Foodbank Victoria.


Club Italia, Furlong Rd, St Albans, Victoria


Club Italia is between the Western Ring Road and Sunshine Hospital.

Come along by yourself or with a group of friends and catch up with old friends or make new ones.  It will be an evening of live conversation, started by our speakers.

There will be an opportunity for you to share your story, insights or learnings in small groups or in plenary session if you so choose.

Support the club that supports Western SIP by dining there beforehand from 6.00 p.m. Dine on a table with other Western SIP participants.  Early arrival allows time to order and enjoy your meal before moving into the room we use which is off the Bistro area.

In these times of Covid record keeping, it is essential that you let us know if you are coming. Please reply to letting us know if you are coming for: 1. Meal  2. SIP session, or call 0429 869 457 between 2.00pm and 6.00 p.m.