With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia and under the guidance of His Grace Bishop Kyriakos of Sozopolis, on Sunday, 06 November 2022 at the Parish of the Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene the Five Loaves program volunteers and local parishioners gathered to make 500 sandwiches for the homeless and those in need.
The sandwiches were completed within an hour with many people taking part in the event. Many volunteers came to assist in the Parish Hall following the completion of the Divine Liturgy in the adjacent Church. The sandwiches made were ham and cheese and plain cheese.
Following the sandwich making a small group of parishioners took the sandwiches to Queen Victoria Market where many homeless come in the early evening.
The majority of the sandwiches were distributed by parishioners to the homeless at the market. The remaining sandwiches were delivered to crisis accommodation centre in West Melbourne, and the CBD.
The next sandwich making event will be held at St Panteleimon Church in Dandenong next Sunday, 13 November 2022.