Giving to the homeless a year-round tradition for Kuku’s

Every Wednesday and Sunday, the delivery and takeout restaurant brings piping hot food to Victoria's homeless

Anita and Randy Madahar

It may be the holiday season, but the spirit of giving is year-round for Randy and Anita Madahar at Kuku’s.

Every Wednesday and Sunday, the delivery and takeout restaurant brings piping hot food such as butter chicken, lasagna and shepherd’s pie to the homeless in Victoria. The husband-and-wife team started feeding the needy after friends of his from the Soprano’s Karaoke Sports Bar and Grill began cooking food for the homeless.

“Five years ago, my friend Kenton, he started doing chilis every Wednesday and Sunday,” said Randy. “Then two years ago, when they shut the doors, that’s when he approached me and asked me if we wanted to do it.

“At 7 o’clock, the volunteers show up, we fill up the van and we send them out. It doesn’t matter what kind of weather it is, they stand out there because they know at 7:30, something is going to show up at that street.”

Randy said usually 40 or 50 people turn out at the corner of Balmoral and Cook, as well as at Meares and Quadra by Pioneer Square, for food from Kuku’s.

Additionally, the Madahars and their crew of volunteers hold events around holidays throughout the year to give to the homeless. On Dec. 13, they catered a Christmas turkey and ham dinner for the homeless at the Burnside Community Hall, where they also handed out clothing and gift bags.

“They had toothbrushes, Colgate, mouthwash, socks, gloves, flashlights, granola bars, Rice Krispie squares, coffee mugs,” said Anita, noting many of the items were donated by neighbouring businesses such as Home Hardware, Budget Rent-A-Car and Bluebird Cabs.

“Lots of the community came to help us out,” said Randy. “We had a poster up here and our customers were awesome – they were donating money all the time.”

So what compels the Madahars to donate their time, energy and food twice a week? To them, giving just comes naturally.

“We just like to give to the unfortunate, and it feels pretty nice to do that,” said Randy.

“It’s a good energy, to do this. It feels really good to give,” said Anita, adding that others have seen their volunteer work and want to help out. “We’ve had some families come in who want to go there and hand out the food themselves.”

Randy and Anita said they are always open to more volunteers joining them, as well as any donations from the community to help the homeless.

“It could be anything, it doesn’t have to be money,” said Randy. “Clothing, blankets, tents, tarps – anything that these guys can use throughout the year.”

 

jacob.zinn@saanichnews.com

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria man killed in Alberta accident was expectant father

Geordie Murray described as ‘wonderful husband, brother son and friend’

VicPD says circumstances around missing teen are ‘high-risk’

Arianna McKenzie last seen in Centennial Square

Canada Post aware of ongoing email, text phishing scams

Scammers pretending to be Canada Post will ask for personal and payment information

Suicide rates not impacted by seasons

While men are three times more likely to commit suicide, women have higher rates of depression

VIDEO: Music stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys award show

Music artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Rick Ross and Kirk Franklin paid tribute to Bryant

Pregnant B.C. woman stuck in Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak

Woman is due to give birth in Wuhan, China unless she can get out

Ontario confirms second presumptive coronavirus case in wife of first patient

Both arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Most Read