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Sean Bryce is the man behind Kalamunda Community Soup, which will see community members backing Kalamunda-based projects.

Community Soup grants

A HIGH Wycombe resident is cooking up a mixing pot of good will to help Kalamunda business and community groups achieve their goals.

Kalamunda Community Soup is the brainchild of Sean Bryce, who recently quit his job as a mobile pizza owner, and will debut on Monday September 3 at the Kalamunda Club.

The concept is simple – everyone who attends pays $10, which will go into a community purse, in exchange for a bowl of soup courtesy of Sublime Spices – Queen of Sauce and, more importantly, a gumnut.

During the night, community groups or small businesses will be invited to give presentations on projects they are working on that will improve the amenity within the City of Kalamunda.

The attendees vote with their gumnuts, and the project that receives the most support receives the purse, at a minimum of $500.

Mr Bryce has seen the Community Soup model in action, and he believes it will be a winner within Kalamunda.

“I’ve seen this work in Mandurah, in Victoria Park and in Maylands,” he said.

“The advantage is the more people that come along, the more money goes back to the community with the grants.

“We’ve had an application from a woman in Woodvale who runs a pick-up and drop-off service for kids for a school, and we’ve received one from a Bickley school who want to have an Aboriginal walk trail that they want to incorporate Q codes for the kids.

“As long as the project adds something to the community, they can come along and put forward their project,  we’ll be getting progress reports from the applicants so people can see where the money is going.”

The City of Kalamunda have given in-principle support to Kalamunda Community Soup, and Mr Bryce is hoping for a big turnout.

“Maylands had 91 on their opening night and I’d hope we can top that, but I think if we get over 60 people we’d be really happy with that, and with that number we can start having an impact on things.”

Should you want to get involved or volunteer, email [email protected] or visit  https://www.facebook.com/Kalasoup/

Doors will open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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