Christmas Trolley Drive on December 8

Helping those in need: Reverend Sharon Cutts, Oanh Troung, Tom Murphy, Noi Lertsinpakdee and Pongsri Lertsinpakdee in front of the empty cupboards at Fairfield Uniting Church Diner. Picture: Chris Lane
Helping those in need: Reverend Sharon Cutts, Oanh Troung, Tom Murphy, Noi Lertsinpakdee and Pongsri Lertsinpakdee in front of the empty cupboards at Fairfield Uniting Church Diner. Picture: Chris Lane

The Fairfield Uniting Church diner used to open at 11am on Monday and Wednesday to provide meals for those doing it a bit tough.

“But we have to open early now because there was a line at the front,” volunteer Pongsri Lertsinpakdee said.

“So now we open the doors at 10.45am.”

It makes this year’s Christmas Trolley Drive even more vital to ensure their shelves are stocked for the entire year.

The 14th trolley drive is on Friday, December 8. More than 200 trolleys with non-perishable food are expected to be pushed from Starr Partners Real Estate Fairfield on Station Street to The Diner on the corner of Harris and William Streets.

Starr Partners Fairfield real estate agent and trolley drive organiser Tom Murphy has continued on the legacy of the late Margaret “Cookie” Thurston – the former cook at the Uniting Church soup kitchen – to grow the event from 54 trolleys in the opening year to what is now an annual Christmas tradition in Fairfield.

“It’s all the about community coming together to look after people within the community,” he said.

“We are the little wheels in the big wheel; the volunteers at the diner do a great job looking after people who are less fortunate and doing it a bit tough.”

The diner prepares on average 250 meals a week. This year they have brand new cupboards to stock the food from the trolley drive. A donation from Uniting has also helped with four new fridges and two freezers.

Mr Murphy said it was great to see kids that have grown up being involved with the trolley drive in primary school take the passion to high school. This year there is a record number of high schools participating and Stockland Wetherill Park have also come on board to sponsor the trolley hire.

“It’s great to see people get behind what is a great cause. The shelves at the diner are empty at the moment so they need all the support,” he said.

People can drop off non-perishable food to Starr Partners Fairfield on Station Street.

  • The 14th Trolley Drive will start at 9am on Friday with a procession from Starr Partners to the Fairfield Uniting Church Diner on William/Harris Street in Fairfield.