We believe in the power of sharing stories
Remember our book signing and tasting at the wonderful Pasadena Foodland back in March? Well, not long after that, I had the chance to take the Chapley family – the owners of Adelaide’s Finest Supermarkets (AFS) – and 10 of their staff members on a tour of the Fleurieu, connecting them to some of our Fleurieu food producers.
During the tour, AFS Director Spero Chapley talked to us about another of his passions: Youth Inc, a foundation that works primarily with long-term unemployed young people. Spero believes that jobs are the best way to make sure no one is left behind and Youth Inc. is his way of making this dream happen. Youth Inc. helps around 100 young people a year, with intensive, individually tailored support. The idea is to support these young people not just to get a job, but to keep it.
Spero’s mission is so inspiring and it filled me with joy hearing about it. Sharing stories, being a positive role model and connecting with the community has always been really important to me – I’ve been volunteering to speak at schools ever since I started my first business nearly ten years ago. I told Spero I’d love to share my story with the Youth Inc. students and I was thrilled when their event coordinator got in touch.
And just last week it happened! I loved sharing my business and personal story with the students,as well as the vision behind Faces & Food of the Fleurieu and the importance of supporting local. I was also able to bring along morning tea to share with the students which was the perfect opportunity for them to really experience – and eat and drink! – the diverse range of food and products produced here on the Fleurieu.
We shared Homegrain Bakery’s iconic vanilla slice, Fleurieu Milk yoghurt, Mojo Kombucha, McCarthy’s Orchard organic apples and pears, Harvest the Fleurieu’s strawberries and Port Willunga Fine Foods dried fruit and nuts. A big thank you to these businesses, who so willingly contributed their goods and supported our quest to share a taste of the Fleurieu. The students loved them!
Have you ever thought about sharing your story? It may just inspire the next generation. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, what background you come from or what line of work that you are in – spreading the word and sharing you story may just change someone’s life.