Our new Charity of the Year is… drum roll please… OzHarvest Canberra!
We are so excited to work with this deserving charity for the next 12 months. The partnership will enable OzHarvest the ability to harness the fundraising power of the Vikings Group. Vikings will pledge a donation with the commitment to fundraise and promote the Charity of the Year, extending to a variety of activities and public relationed events.
OzHarvest is the leading food rescue organisation in Australia, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it direct to more than 900 charities who support people in need across Australia. It operates in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and in regional communities across the country. Since 2004, OzHarvest has delivered over 60 million meals and saved more than 20,000 tonnes of food from ending up in landfill.
OzHarvest is the only food rescue organisation in Australia collecting surplus food from all types of food providers including fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, farmers, stadiums, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film, TV shoots and boardrooms.
OzHarvest also addresses food security and education through NEST and Nourish programs. NEST provides nutrition education and sustenance training to vulnerable Australians, Nourish trains and mentors disadvantaged youth for a Certificate II in Hospitality. OzHarvest also focuses on engaging with the community and embracing innovative approaches to minimising food waste, like Australia’s first rescued food supermarket, OzHarvest Market.
The partnership between Vikings and OzHarvest will allow the charity to further their mission to eliminate hunger and food waste in Canberra. The Vikings Group will assist OzHarvest in educating and raising awareness about food waste, food rescue, food security and sustainability.
Dave Burnet, ACT Territories Manager OzHarvest said, “We are just thrilled with the announcement. This partnership is such a wonderful opportunity for us to work with such a high-profile club to raise awareness of our organisation as well as vital funds to support people in need. Funds raised in conjunction with the Vikings Group will help us to expand the collection of quality excess food in the Canberra region and deliver it to an extensive group of local charities.”
The Vikings Group recognise our responsibility to support non-for-profit organisations in the community and aim to assist organisations whose values align with our core beliefs, and those of our Members and Staff. These values include supporting our community, increasing social benefits and a commitment to continue to contribute effectively to the development of our community.
“The Board, Management and Staff of Vikings are dedicated to making a positive difference in the community we are a part of. Our Members participated in the selection of our charity partner for the coming year and we can genuinely say that the great work of OzHarvest is close to the hearts of all involved with our Club. To work with OzHarvest will be a very rewarding experience,” said Vikings Group CEO, Mr Anthony Hill.
The Vikings Group are excited to commence our partnership with OzHarvest. We look forward to working together with the community to support this great initiative.
HOW VIKINGS PLAN TO HELP
Throughout the year, a variety of initiatives will run to assist OzHarvest:
Ongoing food/can drives for all Vikings members to donate unused food
Vikings restaurants to donate a percentage of earnings to OzHarvest on a designated night
Vikings restaurants to hold an OzHarvest food night at the Vikings Club
Game day OzHarvest stall or soup kitchen offering patrons warm soup during winter Rugby games at Viking Park
HOW MEMBERS CAN GET INVOLVED
Vikings Group Members can support our Charity of the Year, OzHarvest through the following initiatives that will be coming soon to Vikings;
Picking the OzHarvest dish when you dine at Vikings, $1 from every dish purchased will be donated to OzHarvest. Keep your eyes peeled for the OzHarvest dish on the menu, coming soon.
Attending OzHarvest fundraising events throughout the year – keep your eyes peeled for events in Club News and on our website
Donating spare change to the donation boxes at all four venues.
Vikings will be decorating our venues over the Christmas period, this will include a Christmas Giving Tree, where you can donate canned food items or simply purchase a Christmas decoration from Reception to hang on the tree with all funds raised donated to OzHarvest.
POP UP SOUL SHOPS
Purchase one or more of the below OzHarvest items from our Pop Up Soul Shops located at each Vikings venue with every $1 spent providing 2 meals to Australians in need.
OZHARVEST LUNCH BAG $15
Helps deliver 30 meals to Australians in need.
Love your leftovers and take your lunch to work (or school) in this nifty bag from OzHarvest.
OZHARVEST TOTE BAG $10
Helps deliver 20 meals to Australians in need.
Share the love and the food rescue message with this simple, stylish calico tote bag.
OZHARVEST APRON $20
Helps deliver 40 meals to Australians in need.
With this apron, you can change someone’s life. Your new handy apron will protect you from the fun and mess of cooking.
URBAN HARVEST COOKBOOK $60
Helps deliver 120 meals to Australians in need.
Celebrate kitchen gardens of all shapes and sizes with 50 of Australia’s most celebrated chefs. Through 100 family friendly recipes, OzHarvest encourages everyone to get involved in growing, learning and cooking delicious and nutritious food.
Contains 100 recipes from 50 top Australian chefs, including Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Guillame Brahimi, Hamish Ingham, Simmone Logue and many more.
Tips on growing your own Urban Garden.
Interview with Costa Georgiadis – Greek-Australian landscape architect and television personality, the host of the SBS TV gardening show, Costa’s Garden Odyssey.
For more information about Ozharvest visit www.ozharvest.org