Every year Tom Murphy organises the Christmas Trolley Drive and is heavily involved in all sorts volunteer activities in Fairfield. A chance meeting almost 11 years ago inspired Fairfield real estate agent Tom Murphy to help the Fairfield Uniting Church Diner, which prepares meals for homeless and under privileged people.
“I was walking down the street and bumped into Margaret ‘Cookie’ Thurston, who was going door-to-door in Fairfield looking for donations for the kitchen,” he said.
From that meeting came the Fairfield Christmas Trolley Drive, which brought in more than 200 trolleys full of non-perishable goods last year.
Now the annual trolley drive is led down the street by the police and army bands and includes local businesses, community groups and 14 schools.
Along with Starr Partners Real Estate in Fairfield, Mr Murphy makes a point of supporting the schools and community groups that support the trolley drive.
“If they want to do a barbecue, we go out and help them with it,” Mr Murphy said.
“It’s all about the community really. I love Fairfield and I love the community here.”
Mr Murphy encouraged everyone in the community to become involved.
“If we can put a smile on somebody’s face or a little child can get food in their tummy it’s worth a million bucks,” he said.
The aim this year is to get 20 schools from the area involved in the drive, up from the 14 that participated last year.
“It’s a tool about educating the children in the community to learn to give and not be selfish,” Mr Murphy said.
“It’s about getting the community together helping each other within our own walls.”
People can drop off non-perishable food at Starr Partners on Station St.
The annual parade of trolleys will be held on December 5 and travels down Ware St, Fairfield.
To donate or participate, phone 9727 7799.
HOW TO HELP
WHAT: The Fairfield Trolley Drive collects non-perishable food items for the Fairfield Uniting Church Kitchen
WHEN: People can donate items until December 5, when a parade of trolleys will head down Ware St, toward the kitchen
WHO: Hundreds of people, from school children to adults and community groups, take part in the annual parade
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