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IT’S ALL IN A NAME – MEET THE ‘VANS’ ON A MISSION

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Van duo

When you have three similar vans rescuing food and delivering free meals it’s easy to get confused about names.

FareShare found referring to our vans by numbers or regos was a recipe for chaos. So we asked our supporters to think of names. And what better name than Van?

Rather than giving the nod to international superstars like Van Halen, Van Morrison and Jean-Claude Van Damme, we decided to shine a light on some local talent.

So meet Van Badham (left) and Van Walker. Vanessa ‘Van’ Badham is a writer and theatre-maker. Donovan ‘Van’ Walker is a singer-songwriter, who travels the country in his own van performing gigs.

“It’s the best day of my career,” laughed Van Badham, who lives in Melbourne’s CBD. “As a social justice and environmental activist, I think FareShare is great because it addresses both issues. There are no negatives. It’s inarguable. I’m really stoked to have my name on something which I believe in whole-heartedly.”

FareShare’s Van Badham has freezer capability and transports prepared meals to those in need in regional areas including Gippsland.

Van Walker, who lives in West Brunswick, was equally chuffed to have a van named after him.

“I’m absolutely honoured to even be associated with such an important and forward-thinking cause. And as an old-fashioned travelling troubadour myself, I think it’s all quite apt.”

While Van the man is touring, his FareShare alter ego is rescuing surplus food from Woolworths stores in Melbourne’s South East.

And the third nameless van? We decided we couldn’t go past the most famous Van of all – Van Gogh.

As well as rescuing food from supermarkets, Van Gogh delivers meals to charities including Mullum Mullum Indigeneous Gathering Place, Newstars, Kingston City Church and Avo Care.