Every now and then I like to give my time to something a little bit philanthropic. This coming weekend (on Sunday the 10th of March to be exact) I'll be heading to Kangarilla Road Vineyard and Winery at McLaren Vale to pick grapes for a cause. Under the Homeless Grapes Project, with volunteers picking the grapes for the end of the shiraz vintage, Kangarilla Road Vineyard and Winery, along with Vinomofo and Corrina Wright of Oliver's Taranga, can keep production costs to an absolute minimum so that all profits can be donated to Hutt Street Centre.
Since 1954, Hutt Street Centre has been providing Adelaide's homeless with a place to stop in for meals, bathroom and laundry facilities, medical consultations, secure lockers, education and employment programs, case management and support, aged care and pastoral care. Hutt Street Centre is not government funded. It's the generous people and businesses of Adelaide that help to keep the doors open and provide much needed services for those doing it tough.
The Homeless Grapes Project started in 2015 when McLaren Vale vigneron, Jock Harvey from Chalk Hill, offered grapes his crew couldn't pick to anyone who was willing to donate to the Hutt Street Centre. Vinomofo jumped at the chance and decided to not only pick the grapes, but make a shiraz out of it to sell, then donate all the proceeds to the Hutt Street Centre. That first year in 2015, the Homeless Grapes Project raised a whopping $45,000 for the cause.
To register for the event, click on the link below. You'll need to bring your own secateurs and wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes and sun protection. Food and drink for the day (water most likely, not wine, unless you're Jesus) is supplied. Picking will go from 9am to 1pm.