Boy, 12, loves helping out at soup kitchen
WHEN most school kids are out at sports or sitting in front of the television, Josh Smith spends his time volunteering.
The 12-year-old helps out at Ray's Soup Kitchen, a weekly initiative of St Saviour's Church on Auckland St.
"I talk to people, and I serve," he said. "I get to meet new friends."
Whether it's chopping vegetables, laying out cutlery or dishing up the soup, Josh reckons he has a great time.
His mum Lea-Anne said his teacher made it a homework task that Josh cooked dinner at least once a week at home.
"He loves it that much he wants to do it all the time," she said.
Spaghetti bolognaise is his favourite dish to cook, and he reckons his secret ingredient is sweet chilli sauce.
A hearty, home-made soup is served at 6.30pm every Monday at the soup kitchen.
The invitation for a free meal is open to all community members, particularly the homeless, pensioners and low-income earners.
But this week they are trying something different with a charity fundraiser curry night.
All proceeds from the night, including raffles and auctions, will go towards a men's shelter.
Details: Friday 6.30pm at St Saviour's Parish, 70 Auckland St, Gladstone.
Cost: $15 a head.
On the menu: Hot and mild butter chicken, biryani, vegetable curry, vegetable rice, naan bread, pappadams and pickle, followed by cake and ice-cream for dessert.
RSVP to the parish office on 49724754.