Hand in PAW with Hare Krishna
by John Murphy
For anyone journeying down the Inglewood end of Beaufort Street these days, there’s a unique place that you may have overlooked tucked away at the start of 9th Avenue. If you venture a little further past the Post Office building you will find a café with a special atmosphere. It’s an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity that greets the local visitor or intrepid traveller.
This welcoming place goes by the name of ‘Krishna’s Café’. What will then greet your senses are the delicious aromas of the pure vegetarian cuisine on offer. Krishna’s Café has a daily offering of tasty snacks, complete meals and delightful cakes and deserts. A choice of speciality teas, coffees and juices complement the main fare. These are also served from a takeaway hatch for those on the move.
Combine the atmosphere and the cuisine inside and you have found a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the day outside. The very reasonable prices make this real value for money and a very positive addition to the local area. On Sundays the café facilitates Yoga and meditation classes at 12:30 and 3pm and the sumptuous feast on offer that day is on a donation basis.
What also makes this café unique is its association and partnership with the not-for-profit organisation PAWS. (People & Animal Welfare Society Inc). PAWS is a non-Government organisation founded by David Reynolds in April 2000. David had previously operated a “PAWS” café in Northbridge and Tuart Hill so if you wondered where the café went, look no further! The two have now amalgamated, or as David puts it, “PAWS is working ‘Hand in Paw’ with the Hare Krishna’s”
David has been dedicated to the welfare of animals and people for the past 25 years and has regularly supported and helped fund animal welfare programmes such as protection farms. PAWS is dedicated to promoting community welfare through Ahimsa (non-violence) and is staffed 100% by volunteers.
Among a range of projects, they provide a community centre that addresses social isolation and provides support and training to disadvantaged individuals. David adds, “PAWS wishes to demonstrate and encourage interaction as well as break down cultural barriers through community growth.”
Meat Free Mondays
PAWS also extend an invitation to everyone to join them for an evening meal at their “Meat Free Mondays”. The ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney first came up with the idea of a “Meat-Free Monday”, and in the same spirit PAWS see this as an opportunity to try out a meat free meal.
David explains the philosophy behind this: “PAWS wishes to demonstrate and encourage a healthy community by providing a real alternative and food that reflects this. We aim to provide food in a respectful and dignified manner to anyone who walks through the door. This is coupled with the practice of ahimsa causing no harm to any living entity in mind, word or deed. The PAWS vision is a society wherein humans and non-human animals can co-exist peacefully without the threat of cruelty, exploitation or untimely death. The mission of PAWS in a nutshell is to introduce, maintain and promote projects that encourage environment sustainability, sensible agriculture, community welfare and education.”
Community Food Garden
In line with this vision, PAWS have set up a community garden in Bayswater the city of gardens. Out on the farm they grow all their own vegetables and various fruits and flowers. They also have a ‘medicine garden’ which produces herbs to be used as medicines. The accomplishment here is, with the help of volunteers, they have turned a previously underutilised site into a productive non-commercial enterprise dedicated to growing and bringing the organic food source back into urban areas. David adds, “Community garden farm projects on a nationwide scale will change the demographics of thousands of people through education, training and employment. They will also provide valuable clean produce for the sustenance of both humans and many species of wildlife. The promotion of holistic health and well being throughout the community will bring about a greater awareness of our micro and macro environments.”
In addition to this, farm has a fully equipped plant based food truck. The truck goes into action on the road at summer festivals and at various events in the city. At present they are in the process of establish a permanent slot at Curtin University.
Together Krishna’s Café and PAWS form a holistic and healthy alternative that is truly a breath of fresh air in this day and age.
Next time you’re passing along 9th Avenue call in to Shop 3/ 885 Beaufort St, Inglewood WA 6052,
For more information visit http://www.paws.org.au or contact