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Stanislawa Dabrowski (1926– )
Stanislawa Dabrowski (say Stan-is-la-va Da-brov-ski) was born in Poland. She has spent the last 13 years helping poor and homeless people in Canberra. During the week, she uses her own money to make lots of soup and collects leftover bread and cakes from local bakeries. Every Friday night, she takes all the food into the centre of Canberra and gives it out to people who have no money or no homes to go to. About 500 people usually turn up each Friday night for her food. In her spare time, she visits people in jail who have no one else to visit them.
In 1996, the government of the Australian Capital Territory named her Citizen of the Year and gave her $9,000 to help with the cost of the cooking. She was given a medal of the Order of Australia in 1998.