Newport firefighters from Metropolitan Fire Brigade will join local lifesavers from Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club, Victoria Police members from Footscray and Williamstown Police Stations, and members from the State Emergency Service.
The event is free, though a gold coin donation is encouraged, with the real life heroes of Hobsons Bay taking time out of their non-stop schedules to meet locals, introduce themselves and the vehicles that help them carry out their heroic duties every day.
Speaking on the idea for an event that recognises emergency services and their work in the local community, New Leaf Café spokesperson Debbie Reynolds said the ‘real life heroes’ event follows a series of successful ‘superhero’ events held at the café.
“We have had lots of hero events, including batman and superman, and we thought it would be great for our customers to meet real life heroes who work relentlessly to protect and support our community,” Ms Reynolds said.
It was a real life and recent experience that had Debbie Reynolds praising paramedics from Ambulance Victoria, recalling the moments she was rushed to hospital in an ambulance after experiencing breathing difficulties and chest pain.
“It was my first ever experience and both the paramedics were amazing. They were both very reassuring, and despite me feeling really really silly they explained how important it was to them that I went to hospital to get it all checked out,” Ms Reynolds said.
“Fortunately for me, due to their persistence, the hospital found something that needed to be treated – which if it hadn’t been picked up could have resulted in me not being here today.”
The Real Life Heroes of Hobsons Bay
Saturday 20 October
New Leaf Café
107 Woods St, Newport
New Leaf Café is not your everyday café – it is a unique not-for-profit café that believes in new beginnings, brand new starts and that everyone has the potential to change their life and turn over a new leaf.
By offering employment and work-based training in a caring, nurturing environment to people who otherwise might find it difficult, New Leaf Café hopes it can help people and equip people to make a difference in the world.
The café is owned and operated by the CCN Newport Foundation, a not-for-profit which was formally run by the C3 Church. It is understood the church is no longer involved with the charitable organisation after its founder Len Hawes passed away in 2017.
The foundation continues to run the New Leaf Café in addition to its Transformation Centre which was set up to provide work experience for long term unemployed in areas such as hospitality, maintenance, landscaping and administration.
Over 1800 job seekers have been through the Transformation Centre, with over 500 people gaining meaningful employment. The centre works alongside job networks, namely Max Employment, Employment Plus, AMES and Job Prospects.