Five years ago, an unfortunate situation left Father Bob Macguire short a mobile food van. This van was operating 4 days a week to feed people in need around the city fringe of Melbourne and without the van, Father Bob’s Foundation was unable to feed those in need. Steve Maher, Director of Urbanedge & Eight Homes, has always been passionate about helping those in need and contributing to the local community and reached out to Father Bob to organise a new van for his foundation so he could get back out to the streets distributing meals.
The van was named the Hopemobile, sponsored by Urbanedge Homes and it was from there that Steve and Father Bob began a great relationship. Father Bob Maguire is extremely active on the streets, getting out there himself to make sure his vans are getting to where they are really needed, lending a hand and offering support to those in need.
As a passionate bike rider, Steve Maher launched Urbandura in 2013; a 500km bike ride from Mildura to Melbourne with the purpose of raising money and awareness for The Father Bob Maguire Foundation.
Now three events in, the ride has raised over $110,000 for Father Bob and it has now become a regular biennial event and makes up a key part of Urbanedge’s philanthropic calendar.