D’Arcy Witherspoon

Founder of Down To Earth

QLDNomineeYoung Australian of the Year2021

D’Arcy Witherspoon is the founder of a non-profit organisation that provides healthy hot meals and clothing to vulnerable members of the community. He regularly drives his van to Brisbane parklands to cook hot food for homeless locals.

He also dedicates time to having one-on-one conversations with people who are sleeping rough or struggling with financial hardship. By providing emotional support without judgment, he fosters a sense of belonging and helps alleviate stress and loneliness.

D’Arcy works for OzHarvest on his days off and uses collected produce in his cooking, which saves food from going to landfill.

His latest initiative is to collect donated cans and bottles, which he then delivers to marginalised community members – so they can take them to be recycled and earn money. He also recycles cans and bottles in exchange for vouchers that can be used to buy groceries.