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FrankA 79-year-old St Vincent de Paul volunteer, who has been delivering soup to people in need for more than 40 years, is urging Melburnians to share his compassion for the less fortunate.

Frank Mullins has been helping to feed the less fortunate in Melbourne since the 1970s.

Every Thursday night, he makes a two-hour journey from his coastal home in Anglesea to the charity’s inner-city soup kitchen.

Once the hearty stew and other snacks are prepared and packed, he and the other so-called “vannies” hit the streets.

“It keeps me alive. I like doing it,” Mr Mullins told 9NEWS.

A homeless man, identified only as ‘Dave’, told 9NEWS that Mr Mullins was a “good fella.”

“He’s been working the van for a while and he’s easy going. And he’s a Western Bulldogs supporter you know,” Dave said.

Mr Mullins said it was “very important” to show warmth towards his customers.

“That is a big thing to tell them that you love them. They get very little of that,” he said.

The Vinnie’s Soup Van is funded by donations.

To raise more funds, the charity will holding its annual CEO Sleep Out on June 22.

Hundreds of business and community leaders will sleep “rough” in cities across the nation to show their support.

“It goes to a great cause too I reckon. Its actual, practical, hands on, helping people,” Mr Mullins said.


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