OK, I’m giving 200 I Quit Sugar Cookbooks away

Posted on September 3rd, 2012

Last week we ran a little thing where I said I’d donate 20 books to five great charities doing great stuff. I got such a beautiful response, and because I have terrible indecision issues, I had Jo narrow things down to 10 so I could choose five from there. I couldn’t. So, instead I’ll give 20 books to all 10. Issue sorted. Win win.

The recipients are below. If you’re feeling like giving a little yourself you might want to click on the link and donate a little.

Paying it forward!

  • Ryla. Nominated by Jessica. Jess says: RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – we as the committee are all young people who want to give back. We have so many uses for your fabulous cookbook from fundraising, thank you’s and prizes for awardees during the seminar.
  • Longford Men’s Shed. Nominated by Ted. Ted says: I am a member of The Longford Men’s Shed in Longford Tasmania and we have a community garden behind the shed with approx 30 raised garden beds all of which have fresh herbs and vegetables growing in them. We also work with the local youth and unemployed with cooking programmes to help them understand how to take care of themselves better. We are holding a home grown home made market in 3 weeks time to raise money for an orphanage in India that one of our members is involved with.
  • West Care Community Services. Nominated by Alex. Alex says: Our charity looks after families and individuals in need of food, emotional support and debt counselling. We feed over 5,0000 people a year. Our passion is to provide good, healthy food and offer our clients alternative ways of eating and cooking their food. Your book would be a great resource for us.
  • Victorian College for the Deaf. Nominated by Nicole. Nicole says: I work at Victorian College for the Deaf. We have a beautiful cafe – ‘Tradeblock Cafe’, which is Not-For-Profit and open two days a week. Tradeblock Cafe is Read more

I’m giving 100 I Quit Sugar cookbooks away…

Posted on August 24th, 2012

If you’re involved in a charity that helps people make their life better, then you might be interested in this.

Photo via Flickr Commons

You see, my ebooks have sold well. Better than I expected (I tend to work from low expectations). I feel blessed and so I’d like to give out just a little.

Today I’m giving away 100 ebooks – 20 each to five charities doing great stuff locally, and in and around helping people – young or old – with a food focus.

The books can be used for prizes, promotion, auctions to raise money for your charity. Or just give them to people in your charity. Whatever you want. Just comment below and share what your charity does… a good way to share what you do, too. I’d be interested to know what’s going on out there.

Jo and I will advise Wednesday next week and send you the ebooks.



$50 can teach 10 kids to read and write

Posted on August 1st, 2012

This is ashamedly a very long overdue post. I’ve been an ambassador to the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation’s Wall of Hands program for two years. I’ve posed for the photos, I’ve said I’d be all hands on deck (so to speak; the campaign uses a raised hand as their motif) and I’ve failed to properly rally the troupes (that’s all you guys) to get involved and give a shit about this issue.

This issue being that way too many Aboriginal kids are missing out on a decent start. This is something you should know:

one in five children in remote Indigenous communities can’t read and write at the minimum standard

We can be all jingoistic about the Aussie ethos and our fair go heritage, blah, blah, blah….Or we can face the facts. These kind of statistics are disgraceful and reflect 100% on us. There. Said.

The ALNF, then, is working with Indigenous communities and schools around Australia to turn these statistics around. Their specialised programs are making a real difference and transforming lives in places few of us have ever visited: Tennant Creek, Mungkarta, Elliott and Ali-Curung.. For example – the ALNF recently  launched Read more