Category Archives: Fundraising

Mornington Peninsula magazine writes on I’m really a mermaid

Local designer Josie Jones continues to give back to the ocean with her ‘I’m really a Mermaid’ poster campaign.  Inspired by the ocean and the recent birth of another baby common dolphin to our Port Phillip Bay and Western Port, will see a release of a new poster, with all funds raised going back to the Dolphin Research Institute.

This year Josie was awarded the ‘Keep Australia Beautiful Gift fund award’ for her contri-butions to the environment and a chance for local community to get behind her great work.

Go into the draw to win a 2 night stay at the beach side accommodation Offshore Retreat when you purchase a poster of your choice from the 6 designs currently available.

Purchase a Poster of your choice online from www.sharetheword.com.au OR from the fabulous, environmentally focused, local café A Mini Kitchen in Rye or Marine Biologist lead Sirene Sea Pearls in Dromana

Mornington Peninsula Magazine article link

Skinny Duck raises $80K in Sorrento

John Trevorrow is known to many, but for those who don’t, he is at Leader Community Newspapers which started Feed Melbourne as a modest appeal in one leader newspaper Maroondah Leader 2008.

John writes to Barry

Dear Barry,
Thank you for all the hard work you and your team and supporters put in recently for the Skinny Duck Flies South event in aid of the Feed Melbourne Appeal.
I was at the first event in St Kilda Town Hall and saw the energy and excitement in the room. It was great to know you were prepared to put on another event at Sorrento for this year’s Appeal.
A family commitment meant I couldn’t get to Sorrento, so I was delighted when Marcus said the event raised about $20,000 and then two incredibly generous people — I understand they are friends of yours — matched that amount.
Once this is again matched by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund, there is potentially an $80,000 result for the 2015 Appeal.
Having started Feed Melbourne as a modest campaign in one Leader community newspaper, Maroondah Leader, in 2008, it is incredibly fulfilling to see how it has grown to become an all-Melbourne entity which has raised $2.4million (so far) and has helped more than 125 local community groups and charities deliver food assistance to those who can’t always afford or access three meals a day.
The work you have done has added to that enormously, so on behalf of Leader newspapers a very heartfelt ‘Thank you’.

To date Skinny Duck has raised over 210,000 to assist in feeding Melbourne. We thank you for your support in helping us achieve these remarkable milestones and in turn helping others.

Doing our fareshare with Skinny Duck

Did you know that every year, 2 million Australians will experience hunger? But, over the same period, we’ll also waste 200kg of food for every man, woman and child in the nation.  Doesn’t make sense, does it!

Being a part of an event such as Skinny Duck raising $130,986.95 supporting FareShare is such an achievement.  In turn, this creates 260,000 meals for Melbourne’s underprivileged. Children who would normally go to school hungry, will be able to eat, and that’s what feeding our community is about. We are all better people on a full stomach.

Each person on the Skinny Duck Team voluntarily offered himself or herself for a service on this project and for this reason, it makes Skinny Duck all that more special of an achievement.

Inspired by Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, Skinny Duck is a group of Victorians led by Chef Barry Iddles from Sorrento Catering, who through their passion of food and community spirit are staging a gala fund raising cocktail event to help underprivileged Victorians.

As the designer of Skinny Duck it is a privileged position to work alongside other professionals who gave their time to helping those less fortunate than ourselves. We became a family who gathered together to support others and achieve our goal.

To top off the night Heston Blumenthal donated 2 golden tickets to The Fat Duck to be auctioned, along with a guest appearance. Holding onto such information was a bust, we could not mention it until late the day before the event. The news spread quickly and whilst the event was close to sold out this news tipped us over the edge, to a sold out event.

On the night of Friday 30 January, the inaugural Skinny Duck Cocktail Party was held at the St Kilda Town Hall, and Heston appeared as promised. I was impressed by the way he held himself in amongst all the excitement, he was sincere, genuine and down to earth, he remained composed and a true gentlemen through the entire process. I sincerely thanked Heston for his participation.

All proceeds from the night were be donated to FareShare, Melbourne based charity aimed at rescuing surplus food from supermarkets, farmers and other businesses to be redistributed as cooked meals.

The cocktail menu will consisted of 14 decadent canapes, (including vegetarian/gluten free), plus beverages. Canapes were prepared by Melbourne’s leading chefs, with the help of our guest celebrities. Together they will be creating specialised dishes for all to try.

Adam d’Sylva – Coda
Jacques Reymond – Jacques Reymond, International Restaurant
Tony Twitchett – Taxi
Scott Pickett – Estelle & Saint Crispin
Daniel Wilson – Huxtable

The entertainment line-up included:

Music from Melbourne’s own Henry Wagons and Dukes of Debonaire
plus appearances from our guest celebrities including the very funny Dave O’Neil.

We are looking forward to Skinny Duck 2016 and hope that you will join us for a sit down event, that will rise above this years efforts. I’d like to thank Barry Iddles of Sorrento Catering  for asking me to be a part of the Skinny Duck team and participate in such a worthy cause.

If you’d like to donate, to Fareshare, please click here