Your very generous donations have raised $1080 for Fred’s Van to purchase rice cookers.

Thank you also to ‘In Thais’ Restaurant who have donated a 2nd rice cooker for the cause.


Winter is fast approaching and one of our Splashout artists was desperately needing assistance in helping feed the thousands of people experiencing hardship, homelessness and disadvantage in the Southern area.

Splashout Tuesday afternoon General Painting member, Mary Dittmar (pictured) is the ‘boss’ volunteer for Fred’s Van (Christies Downs).  Please read a recent article all about our long-standing cooking legend, Mary, in the Onkaparinga newsletter ‘Onkaparinga Now’ HERE.

Splashout’s very generous network has helped Fred’s Van in the past and a couple of years ago we were even able to donate a large, commercial-sized brand new fridge for the ‘Fred’s Van’ kitchen. Now it’s time for the Rice Cooker !

With this new equipment Mary can cook up rice (normally unavailable) in a large professional hospitality-style Rice Cooking machine.  This will give larger, more sustainable and longer-lasting meals and nutrition to the people who need it, compliments of Mary and the wonderful Fred’s Van Team.


Research shows that a 20 litre appliance would cost approximately $300 and a larger, more appropriate appliance would be up around $700. (Wouldn’t it be great if we could get Mary 2) ?

Depending on how much we all can raise, Splashout can gift the equipment to Mary and the Fred’s Van Team who need it so desperately, especially with the forthcoming change of seasons.

Mary’s dinner guests often include people who are not only needy, desperate or homeless, but on many occasions are just about to give up hope.  Mary’s friendly face and the amazing meals can often give that necessary lift and a glimmer of hope to people who may have otherwise decided to give up.

Splashout client, Mary Dittmar | Photo: courtesy City of Onkaparinga 'Onkaparinga Now'
Goal: $300
Goal: $700