we introduce you to Madam Destiny for this is her plan.
David was taking part in a ward review at
University Hospital Milton Keynes when suddenly another
member of the team recognised him. Former work colleagues
they had not see one another for over twenty years,
immediately their friendship was renewed.
That lady is Mondeira, she is part of an
organisation Worktree which goes into schools to help
teenagers make life and career choices. The next thing David
knew was Mondeira had signed him up and he too was a part of
Worktree held a session in the local
YMCA, David was part of the team. Someone there said,
"I think I know someone you should meet."
We were trying to promote blood and organ
donation, particularly among our ethnic community bit that
was not a lot more than an idea. We also had an ambition
which we called The Walk of Love, perhaps two or three times
a year to walk round Milton Keynes handing our gifts of love
to our homeless rough-sleeping friends. To be honest this
was far too ambitious and was never going to happen.
David met up with the gentleman the lady from the YMCA had
suggested. He is Laxman. Laxman heads an organisation within
our Indian Community called Dreamsai. Sai is an Indian
teacher, Dreamsai takes his teachings and turns them into
acts of love.
Talking about blood and
organ donation, Dreamai already runs blood donation sessions
but was looking for help to raise awareness of the
importance of organ donation.
Our dream was to operate The Walk of Love
just a few times a year. Dreamsai is doing this every week.
David went along to Dreamsai's Walk of Love, that was in
October 2019. He went to see if this was
something we could get involved in. It was great and
immediately friendships were made but this was NOT Madam
Destiny's plan. NO, NO, NO this was just a stepping stone in
Madam Destiny's plan.
invited a number of Dreamsai members to join him on one of
his radio shows. It was a good show, happening on 5th
November 2019 but again this was just a stepping stone in
Madam Destiny's plan.
David became a regular visitor To
Dreamsai each Saturday but not to the Walk of Love, to the
Lunch of Love.
Every Saturday individual families within
Dreamsai prepare meals of love at home in their kitchens.
These are then taken to The Buzzy - Unity Park Bus Station
in Central Milton Keynes. No longer a bus station this is a
centre of love to support people down on their luck, people
who are going through some tough times.
of the meals are then taken out on The Walk of Love while
others remain for what we call The Lunch of Love.
At 12.30pm every Saturday the doors of
The Buzzy are thrown open to welcome guests. Some guests are
homeless rough-sleepers, some a hungry and could do with a
good meal, some are lonely and are looking for friendship,
some are looking for help with personal issues.
David started taking in copies of our
Smile Card to hand out.
Madam Destiny then tapped David on the
shoulder and said THIS IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO.
Thursday radio show - Dave's Disco is played as a podcast
while guests eat the food the family member prepared earlier
in the day. We now have a system where guests can request a
song to be played
on the next show and subsequently at the Lunch of Love
Generally known as The Silly Old Man
David's role has developed to be someone who fools around,
making guests smile and be happy. He sits down to chat with
guests and sometimes when a guest asks to have a long, seep
and supportive chat.
Everyone is welcome at The Lunch of Love,
it does not matter if a guest has 1p or an American Express
Gold Card in their pocket. The love and the friendship is
NO, Madam Destiny had not finished yet.
Bailey, our King Of The Smiles, gave us a load of bits and
pieces which we turned into The FREEBIE Box.
Guests can come along and take anything they like. Something
beautiful happened at the first Lunch of Love in 2020, a
guest brought in something to put in the box.
We need energy drinks to put in the box
each week. We need things like soap, toothpaste, deodorants.
WE NEED CLOTHES. Not bag after bag but a few coats, jackets,
jumpers, NEW socks, jogging bottoms and trainers. Most
guests but not all are men, we go have regular ladies join
Radio CRMK gave us lost property from
the studio. These items are now being worn by Dreamsai
PLEASE what have you got that we
can put into our Freebie Box. Please give in love.
It is now more than just David who comes along to the Lunch
of Love every Saturday. Our mascot BEN sits with the laptop
to play the music. Julie has won herself the title Queen Of
The Kettle. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk and sugar
? The ingrediant for every single drink is love,
heaped spoonfuls of love.
week we got a load of lottery scratch cards, with
every drink served by our Queen Of The Kettle a
guest was given a scratch card. Can you believe that
nobody won anything !
We abandoned that idea and now
run the Tombola Of Love. With every drink the guest
is given a ticket, every ticket is a winner. No mega
millions prizes but simple sweets, Mars Bars, Curly
Wurly, chocolate mice and the like.
Next time you are in the
supermarket please pick up something for our Tombola
would be easy to say that we have made lots of
friends in Dreamsai but Dreamsai would say that is
not true - we are not friends, we are FAMILY.
We believe that Madam Destiny is
looking for more family members and has plans for
new happenings at The Lunch of Love. Simple, happy
smiling things to add more to The Lunch Of Love.
For us who are involved right now
this is a highlight of our week. It is fun and
honestly we come away with as much love in our
hearts a the Freebie Box, The Tombola Of Love, The
Music and every drink Julie prepares all combined
Come along and see what is
happening then ask Madam Destiny what it is she
wants you to do. NO, you will not need to ak as she
will tell you.
Our music sponsors Piggie Alfie
at Curly Tails. Alfie and his friends are talking
with Madam Destiny right now. Each week their
individual newsletters are there for guests to read,
When Madam Destiny engineers that
meeting between David and Mondeira that was just the
beginning. Five months aso and what a long way she
has taken us. Look our 2020.