Last Thursday, with the help of some great pals and a couple of brill companies, I managed to throw a last-minute fundraiser for Save the Children's Child Refugee Crisis Appeal. Amelie and I were sat over lunch the week before trying to work out the best thing for us to do after seeing the plight of so many people at Calais and across borders around Europe face an almost total lack of empathy from our government. It truly shocked me how little sympathy David Cameron would express off his own back for people not at all different from us- born at the same time, merely that they were born a few thousand miles away instead of already on this particular island. So we decided we could cook and raise money for a charity to help, and by the end of lunchtime we'd decided that should be Save the Children, and by that night I'd invited everyone I knew.
Village Underground were kind enough to let us use one of their converted shipping containers to hold the meal in, and as it was a gorgeous late summer evening we served inside, while everyone else could sit outside and eat (and eat and eat). The Whole Leaf Co. donated all of the brilliant recycled palm leaf plates that held all the curry, rice, bhajis and rotis Amelie and I made, and Joe and Becca manned the door, served food and donated all the money we'd made the next morning. Club Mexicana lent me their induction hob to heat the curry on, Naomi and Mark lent us the rice cooker and another hob, and Keelan, Ania and Radek helped with everything else behind the scenes. Less than a week after that lunch break, we cooked for 50 people on the roof of Village Underground and made over £320 in cash for Save the Children's appeal (along with all the txt donations you all made from near and far!).
Thank you to everyone that supported this night- you were all so generous, and we've been able to help a charity continue to do amazing work for child refugees and orphans at a time when there have never been more forcibly displaced people (by war, conflict or persecution) around the world.
For anyone that would also like to hold a fundraiser- here are the recipes I used! I need to write up the roasted chana masala one- but the smoked coconut dahl and bahjis are a great way of cooking a lot of tasty food for not very much money.