DAILY BREAD: Elwyn Denman is the Family First candidate for Blair. Mr Denman runs 13 fridges at his home to help with the distribution to 175 families in the district.
DAILY BREAD: Elwyn Denman is the Family First candidate for Blair. Mr Denman runs 13 fridges at his home to help with the distribution to 175 families in the district. Claudia Baxter

A candidate who does give out free bread ...

MEET the political aspirant who hands out free bread.

Family First candidate for Blair, Elwyn Denman, missed The Queensland Times' candidates forum on Tuesday night because he was at Baker's Delight in Toowong picking up bread to distribute to the needy.

Mr Denman does his charity work for All Sorts Restoration Station, a not-for-profit organisation.

"When I allowed myself to be put forward as the Family First candidate I said that the welfare work that I do in the Ipswich area comes first," he said.

"We have 175 families in Ipswich that we deliver bread to.

"Many of them are in pretty poor circumstances and that $20 of bread a week gets them over a hump.

"The bulk of them are able to get through it and that is good to see."

Mr Denman has 13 fridges at his house where he freezes the bread and then does deliveries throughout Ipswich and the surrounding region.

The Restoration Station does outstanding work.

"We have the old Riverview Shopping Centre and we use that for storage for furniture, white goods, clothing and blankets," he said.

"We take referrals from Red Cross, Church of Christ Housing, Save the Children of Australia and many of the churches.

"It is for people in dire need and we give it all away.

"We also do emergency hampers, most after hours. Comments I've got from people on more than one occasion is, 'How nice it is to have toilet paper again'."

Mr Denman thrives on his charity work.

"I like helping people," he said.

"I've been doing it all of my life. I'm retired now. I was a real estate agent and a local valuer.

"But I started doing welfare with self-help groups with alcoholics and drug addicts in 1982."



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