Geelong Central


This is your invitation to join in for a quick tour of the Cloverdale Community Centre followed by a chat to learn about the Lotus Kitchen Project while sharing a meal together.


When:  5:30pm, Thursday 4 August

Where: Cloverdale Community Centre, 67-169 Purnell Rd, Corio VIC 3214

Who:   Rotarians, family and friends are all welcome.


  • 5:30-5:50 – site tour
  • 5:50 we will share a meal and conversation about the Lotus Kitchen at Cloverdale project and how we might be able to help

RSVP:  Please let me know if you will be attending by responding to this email by 1 August, thanks.


I will then share the menu with you on 1 August and ask you to select your meal. (the menu is updated each week - otherwise I would share it now!) 


Background information


Cloverdale Community Centre is the base for inclusive learning and support programs and activities that build community capacity and resilience and promote community cultural expression.


These include the Shoulder to Shoulder program, that we recently learned about and sponsored, and the Lotus Kitchen which is the focus of our visit which:

  • Operates a kitchen that provides delicious Thai meals for the local community.
  • Provides support to survivors of domestic violence and slavery in Australia.
  • Builds relationships and links to local support services.

The program name, Lotus Kitchen, stands for “liberating ourselves together, united and strong”. 


The name was chosen because of the significance of the lotus flower, it is a survivor because it pushes its way through muddy waters and finds the sunlight.


For more information about Lotus Kitchen you might be interested to review these news stories:

For more information about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to receiving your RSVP and seeing you there on 16 June.