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Torrens Rail Junction’s huge OzHarvest fundraiser

Posted by on December 19, 2017

Bright and early yesterday morning we joined the Torrens Rail Junction Project team for a celebratory BBQ at its Bowden site office.

In support of what we do, the project team had been fundraising all year long by recycling their bottles and cans. They managed to collect a massive 48,000 cans and bottles. That’s incredible! Not only has this provided much needed funds for OzHarvest, but it has saved tens of thousands of containers from going to landfill. Win/win!

As well as their recycling project many of the team members donated, as well as some of their corporate supporters including Laing O’Rourke, KBR, Bardavcol, GT Planning, Robar Civil, TMK Engineering, WorkPac Group, Timelapse Adelaide and Crane Services. Thank you in particular to Conroy’s, Select and Aimsetters who made the BBQ and celebrations possible.

Through all this fundraising we were incredibly humbled and thrilled to pick up a HUGE cheque for $12,471.50 which means we will be able to rescue and deliver a further 24,943 meals to people doing in tough across Adelaide. What a way to end the year! Thanks so much to all involved for your incredible generosity.

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.

www.greatfoodrescuerace.com.au.

OzHarvest Adelaide to put on a food rescue feast with local chefs at Think.Eat.Save on Monday, 25 July

Posted by on July 21, 2016

Adelaide’s leading chefs will join food rescue charity OzHarvest to feed 2,000 members of the public a free “rescued” meal at the University of Adelaide Goodman Lawns on North Terrace, on Monday, 25 July from 11.30am – 2.30pm at Think.Eat.Save.

Join top SA chefs and local identities including Tze Khaw (National Wine Centre), Gavin Robertson (Adelaide Convention Centre), Philip Pope (Adelaide Oval), Tony Hart (InterContinental), Kevin Martel (The Playford) and Amanda Gutte (Stamford) who will be serving up a delicious feast with the support of SA cooks Maggie Beer, Saskia Beer, Rosa Matto, Silvia Hart, Jessie Spiby and many others.

A live panel discussion will also take place with industry experts including local stars Simon Bryant, Kate Sumner of Kangaroo Island Source, Tze Khaw of the National Wine Centre and more guests on food waste, food security and sustainability moderated by OzHarvest SA Ambassador and media personality Keith Conlon.

In the spirit of sustainability, 450 delicious fruit smoothies will be made by the public and OzHarvest volunteers on “smoothie bikes”.

Think.Eat.Save events taking place nationwide will see some of the nation’s top chefs, business leaders, politicians and celebrities unite to address the urgent issue of food waste, which is currently costing Australians up to $8 billion each year.

Partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), OzHarvest is urging Australians to take action on food waste.

Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn, said the aim of Think.Eat.Save 2016 is to bring attention to the alarming amount of food wasted in Australia and around the world, where roughly one third of food produced for human consumption (approx. 1.3 billion tonnes) is wasted or lost along the way.

“The current global and local food waste statistics are alarming,” Ms Kahn said. “We urgently need change to happen now to ensure a sustainable food system for future generations. This year at Think.Eat.Save we are urging Australians to make a dish using their leftovers, giving life to food that would otherwise have been wasted.

“These small efforts to reduce food waste create positive change and inspire others to take action about the urgent issue of food waste and food security.”

Ms Virginia Deegan, Acting Chief Operating Officer & Vice-President at the University of Adelaide, said Ozharvest made a real impact in the community, and the University of Adelaide was proud to be a partner of the initiative.

“University of Adelaide eateries have been donating food to OzHarvest since 2011. To date we
have donated more than 39,000 meals, equivalent to more than 13,000kg of food which would have otherwise ended up as landfill,” Ms Deegan said.

Members of the public are encouraged to get involved by making a personal pledge to change their eating behaviour and reduce food waste via #PledgeAPlate. You can pledge a plate by making a meal out of leftovers, rescued or saved ingredients, taking a photo and uploading it on social media with the hashtag #PledgeAPlate and fundraise via www.pledgeaplate.com. Those participating are then encouraged to nominate someone else to take part via social media.

To mark the national Australian campaign to reduce food waste, OzHarvest will host 11 events across the country, feeding over 15,000 thousand people a free, delicious and hearty hot meal made from rescued produce and educating people about reducing food waste.

#PledgeAPlate Campaign Toolkits will be made available from July 25 at www.pledgeaplate.com for businesses and schools to take action and get involved in the Think.Eat.Save campaign.

The national food waste reduction campaign is supported by Woolworths and Glad.

NATIONAL THINK.EAT.SAVE PUBLIC EVENTS

DATE & TIME: Monday, 25 July from 11.30am – 2.30pm (major cities)

CLICK HERE FOR FULL LOCATION LIST

Sydney event: Martin Place, Sydney

Adelaide event: The University of Adelaide Goodman Lawns, North Terrace

Brisbane event: St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane

Canberra event: Garema Place

Gold Coast event: The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise

Melbourne event: The State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

Newcastle event: Wheeler Place, Newcastle

Perth event: Forrest Place, Perth CBD

Regional Areas: Cairns, Sapphire Coast, Armidale

 

For a full list of events and information, please visit www.ozharvest.org

Social media tags: @ozharvest @UNEP #thinkeatsave #pledgeaplate