Showered with good food at lunch

The Australian Employment Training Solutions (AETS) Youth Jobs PaTH Group cook up food for a good cause. Photo by Joe Mastroianni.

By Alesha Capone

A group of young people organised an Italian-style lunch at the Iramoo Community Centre last week, to raise funds for a good cause.

The youths – Emma, Michael, Justin, Jonathan and George – held the Pulito Vita (which means “clean life”) lunch to help the Salvation Army’s Wyndham City branch, which needs to raise $40,000 to buy a mobile shower which provides homeless people with hot showers.

The youths are taking part in a program being run by the Australian Employment Training Solutions (AETS) Youth Jobs PaTH Group, which aims to helppeople aged 18-25 gain employment skills.

AETS lead trainer for the west, Jennie Purdie-Smith, said the young people decided to hold the lunch after seeing an article about the mobile shower in Star Weekly.

“We’re hoping that between us and the paper, we can inspire other people to jump on board to help the Salvos,” Ms Purdie-Smith said.

She said the lunch raised almost $150 for the cause.

As part of the event, the young people also asked attendees to bring a bathroom item such as soap or shampoo, to donate to the Salvation Army.

Ms Purdie-Smithsaid she would like to thank the Woolworths stores in Watton Street, Werribee, Pacific Werribee, Point Cook and Wyndham Vale, along with NQR in Werribee and Coles in Wyndham Vale, for sponsoring the lunch.

She said that the IGA in Wyndham Vale also donated a trolley of drinks, cups and napkins to the lunch.

To donate to the Salvatin Army’s shower campaign, see