“Work hard in silence, let success be your noise” – Frank Ocean
This week, we sadly lost an integral member of our Harvest family, stalwart volunteer Stephen Harvey. A keen photographer, Stephen was a man who was happy to work away quietly behind the scenes. It was a rare week that we wouldn’t see Steve wander into the market around 12pm, ready to help dismantle the market, pack down the public areas and restore the space to its weekly function as a car park. for those of us who got to know Steve well, pack down was often filled with cheeky comments and in-jokes about how our attempts to help his team of pack down volunteers weren’t really that helpful! They were jokes that became part of our weekly ritual, but they also helped to build our community, with pack-down volunteers from an incredibly diverse range of backgrounds all connecting through Steve’s quiet warmth, work ethic and wicked sense of humour.
Trained up by Butch MacKenzie, Stephen started volunteering at Harvest in December 2018. After his first shift, we knew we had found a keeper and Butch set to work convincing Steve to train up to become a co-ordinator. His generosity to fellow volunteers and willingness to lend a hand at a moments notice endeared him to us all.
And so we say farewell to our pack-down co-ordinator extraordinaire, but even more so, to our friend. Thank you for all you did for Harvest Steve, rest easy. We miss you.