OzHarvest SA

Great Food Rescue Race Raises almost $65,000

Posted by on November 24, 2017

The heart of Adelaide was painted yellow whilst fifteen teams, from charities to local businesses, took part in the third edition of OzHarvest SA’s Great Food Rescue Race. Competing to reach the finish line located in Victoria Square, race participants spent the afternoon celebrating Adelaide’s food culture and raising funds through a series of cooking, nutrition and food-rescue themed challenges around the CBD. Almost $65,000 was raised, which will help OzHarvest provide nearly 130,000 meals to South Aussies doing it tough.

From identifying sustainable seafood choices in the Adelaide Central Market, to rescuing surplus Odd Bunch fruit & veg from Woolworths and delivering this to a nearby charitable organisation and to learning about food waste reducing preservation methods like fermentation, participating teams had a great afternoon tasting and learning about all things related to food waste, food rescue and food sustainability.

For the first time there were three race stations in Rundle Mall, bringing a vibrant yellow buzz and attracting public interest and engagement. Whilst competitors’ tastebuds, food knowledge and fitness were put to the test, the public peddled themselves a smoothie, tasted delicious local foods and helped themselves for fresh fruit or veg for a small donation.

“The third Great Food Rescue Race was a great success and it was fantastic to experience the enthusiasm and energy of all the competing teams” said OzHarvest SA State Manager, Kristian Lee Nesbitt.

“The fundraising efforts of the teams involved in this year’s Great Food Rescue Race were truly phenomenal, with the leading team raising around $9,000! Although it’s a day of fun, the event highlights the importance of redistributing surplus food to reduce food waste and to help people in need. We love that we can share this important message in such a fun and engaging way to the wider public.” said Kristian.

There were three winning categories, including:

  • Highest fundraisers – Benevolent Baguettes: The Salopian Inn McLaren Vale’s Team Salopian
  • Highest point score – Clever Carrots: The Salopian Inn McLaren Vale’s Team Salopian
  • Fastest Team – Nimble Noodles: Woolworths’ Team Zone 1 – All Stars

After an action-packed day, competitors, sponsors, supporters and volunteers devoured delicious food prepared by our wonderful Nourish Students from our Yellow Family while listening to great tunes from Hit107.

We give our greatest thank you to all our sponsors and supporters! Major Sponsor Carbon Neutral Adelaide, AV Sponsor Haycom, Supporting Event Sponsors Eat Local SA, The University of Adelaide and Woolworths and Event Supporters Adelaide Central Market, Barossa Valley Brewing, Botanic Gardens of South Australia, COAL cellar + grill, Common Ground, EcoCaddy, Hit 107!, Hither & Yon, JP Media, Kytons Bakery, National Wine Centre, Rundle Mall Management Authority, Pirate Life Brewing, Santos, St John and The Big Issue.

Also a big round of applause to our many volunteers, corporate volunteers and Nourish students who helped out on Race Day!

For more details on the race visit: www.greatfoodrescuerace.com.au

For photos from the day visit: https://www.facebook.com/ozharvest/posts/10155620638606539

Great Food Rescue Race raises over $70,000

Posted by on November 15, 2016

Adelaide CBD was a buzz of activity as twenty teams from local businesses raced to the finish line in The Great Food Rescue Race. The day was packed with creative cooking, food rescue and tasting challenges, teamwork tests and fundraising goals. Over $70,000 was raised which will help OzHarvest provide 140,000 meals to people in need.

Beating the heat, competitors got stuck into making sauerkraut from surplus cabbage at Adelaide Central Markets, creating a recipe book at Common Ground, identifying foraged food at The Henry Austin, blindfolded mindful eating at the Hilton, rescuing food from OTR outlets and conjuring up Christmas leftover ideas using South Australian produce.

OzHarvest SA State Manager, Hayley Everuss, says the second Great Food Rescue Race was a great success and the fundraising efforts of each team was truly phenomenal.

“The Great Food Rescue Race is fast-paced, exciting and inspiring for all involved. Although it’s a day of fun, it highlights the importance of redistributing surplus food to help people in need. Thanks to all the teams who took part today, OzHarvest will be able to provide 140,000 meals to vulnerable Australians” said Hayley.

There were three winning categories, which included:

  • Highest fundraisers – OTR’s Awesome Golden Whoppers
  • Highest point score – Woolworths Southern Champions
  • Fastest team – Woolworths Southern Champions

Team Haycom competitor, Adam Chesters who raced in a full body yellow lycra suit, said every team challenge was fun and educational. “We tasted green ants, it was incredible and I never fully appreciated the sheer quantity of food wasted each year, a staggering 4 million tonnes ends up in landfill,” said Adam.

After an exhausting race, competitors, volunteers and event supporters enjoyed delicious South Australian food generously donated by Saskia Beer and prepared by OzHarvest’s Nourish students while listening to amazing live music from Angela Easson.

Proud partners of this year’s event include South Australia’s largest private company OTR, Nova Entertainment, Bigwig Advertising & Digital, Haycom and Tucker’s Natural. Supporting partners include, Adelaide Central Market, Hilton Adelaide, Kytons Bakery, EcoCaddy, Santos, Hither & Yon, Lobethal Bierhaus, Brand SA and Channel 44.


OzHarvest announced as new charity partner for 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Posted by on June 23, 2016

OzHarvest SA has been announced as the 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide’s official charity partner, in a move that is set to benefit thousands of people in need across South Australia.

Focused on rescuing nutritious food that would otherwise end up in landfill, OzHarvest SA is one of several not-for-profit organisations to join forces with the Clipsal 500 Adelaide to make a positive impact on the South Australian community.

OzHarvest founder and CEO Ronni Kahn today joined Tourism Minister Leon Bignell, along with South Australian Supercars driver Tim Slade to announce the partnership, which will help the for-impact organisation to rescue and deliver more food to disadvantaged people through over 115 charitable agencies.

Minister Bignell said he was delighted to announce OzHarvest SA as the charity partner for next year’s Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

“This is a fantastic example of corporate social responsibility and the positive impact the event has on the wider community,” Mr Bignell said.

“Since 1999, Clipsal 500 Adelaide has supported a huge range of SA charities, helping to raise money for kids, medical research, the underprivileged and much more.

“As a result of these terrific partnerships, we have supported 16 different charities to raise much needed funds to continue their work,” he said.

With the recent Clipsal 500 Adelaide generating a record-breaking $65.6 million of economic impact to the state, OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn said she was excited about partnering with Australia’s largest ticketed domestic motorsport event.

“We’re very grateful and excited to have the support of one of motorsports showcase events, which like OzHarvest is an integral part of the community in South Australia,” Ms Kahn said.

“The partnership provides great exposure for OzHarvest SA and allows us to raise much needed funds so that we can continue to rescue and deliver food, and grow our education and engagement programs that help disadvantaged young people,” she said.

For every $1 amount donated through the 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide charity partnership, OzHarvest SA will deliver two meals to South Australians in need.