Streat was started by Rebecca Scott and Kate Barrelle after travelling for many years and seeing a similar program being operated in Vietnam. This inspired Rebecca and Kate to start a similar venture in Melbourne. I was lucky enough to be invited to their first graduation ceremony in Melbourne. A group of eight kids had finished their hospitality certificate from the William Angliss Institute and were graduating that night. I spoke with some of the kids and it was great to hear how Streat had turned their lives around. They now had a purpose in life, support and a future. One kid I spoke to said he used to live on the streets and now he actually loves cooking and was looking forward to his apprenticeship at Charcoal Lane. I really hope they do well and never look back. Congratulations to Rebecca and Kate and the whole Streat team for doing such a great thing.
So what's a party without some food right. I bumped into Joyce at the ceremony, moving about the crowd with her baby bump. We sampled some of the food and it was all very delicious. There was corn bread with guacamole, kangaroo meat balls, vegetable samosas (totally delicious), rice paper rolls and spanakopita. I made sure I tried at least three of everything just to ensure the quality was adequate.
Streat is a great initiative so look out for their food stalls around Melbourne city. Drop by and say hi to the kids and grab a bite to eat to support this enterprise.
Thanks to Fiona Brook from Harvey Publicity for inviting me to the graduation party.