Dine With A Heart

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The students at Star of the Sea are no strangers to the bustling chambers of our Dining Hall.

Having volunteered with Sacred Heart Mission for the last 11 years, teacher Mary Harmes decided it was time to take things to the next level by embedding their work with us into the school curriculum. 

“Supporting Sacred Heart Mission is a true head, heart and hands experience,” Mary says.

“Student and staff involvement can be transformative. It is quite special to see stereotypes challenged as participants recognise the dignity of everyone who visits Sacred Heart Mission.”

Mary’s Year 10 students are getting involved in Dine With Heart Month this May as a way of learning about healthy eating and nutrition.

As part of their studies, students will work on the return of the popular Hot Potato event, selling all varieties of hot potatoes to more than 1,200 students to raise funds for the Mission.

With the support of their teachers Regina Hooper and Annette Hill, the students will be involved in everything from budgeting to sales, promotion, set up and clean up.

For Mary, Dine With Heart exposes her students to important social issues and provides an opportunity for them to understand the social isolation and disadvantage some people face every day.

“Participating in Dine With Heart is a great way to build community. The students love it because it’s fun, it’s easy, it’s practical and they share in our love of the Mission,” Mary says.

Families will also be encouraged to participate by hosting a meal in their own home and staff will be dining out at participating restaurants.

While the Hot Potato event only runs for the day, students are involved in weeks of preparation. For many, it is an introduction to social justice, with several students continuing their support of the Mission throughout the year.

May marks our annual Dine With Heart month, bringing together the culinary community of Melbourne in support of our Meals Program.

What started as an annual Gala Dinner at the Palais Theatre has now grown into a month-long campaign that encourages Melburnians to dine with heart at participating cafes, restaurants and bars.

This year, we’re going even bigger and inviting you to Dine With Heart at work, home and school by hosting your own fundraising events. 

To find out more about how you can get involved at school, home or work, visit our Dine With Heart page or contact Andrew on (03) 8534 4127 or email amilnes@sacredheartmission.org.

Dine with Heart month @ St Kilda’s finest
Tuesday 1 May to Thursday 31 May
Dine out to support the Mission’s meals.
You can also organise your own events at home, school or work.

Here are some of the local cafes involved:
Babu Ji, Big Mouth, Derby Thai, Dog’s Bar, Dr Jekyll, Elsternwick Hotel, Fitzrovia, Frankies Top Shop, Icon Coffee Shop, Love and Dysfunction, Parish of Sacred Heart & St Columba, Pelican, Pint on Punt, Radio Mexico, St Kilda Burger Bar (The Grosvenor), Uncle and West Beach Bathers Pavillion.

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