retail for Roma – a #bakedrelief Mother’s Day initiative

#bakedreliefTeaCupDesignsOver the last two years, #bakedrelief’s Valentine’s Day and Anzac Day campaigns have delivered donations of home made goods directly to over 1,000 farming families. Each parcel, made with love and packed with hand written notes of encouragement, have lifted the spirits across rural areas, letting our country cousins know that the city cares. #BakedRelief have another campaign in the works, this time supporting small business owners in rural towns, who have also felt the pinch of a stretched economy.

This Mother’s Day, #bakedrelief have solved your gift-giving woes with a partnership directly supporting a small business in a drought affected community.

“Imagine if you could buy all of your Mother’s Day presents, have them beautifully wrapped and delivered to Brisbane and know that you are supporting a drought affected farming community, all from the comfort of your own home” says Danielle Crismani, Founder of #bakedrelief. “We’re making it as easy as possible for people to spend money in a country town, supporting one rural business and influencing a community.”

Crismani is calling for people to order their Mother’s Day gifts directly from Gifts at Teacup, a small business in Roma. Gifts will be wrapped and posted at an Australia-wide flat rate of $10 postage. Alternatively, CareFreight is donating time to deliver the orders from Roma to Brisbane for collection. HOW TO SHOP CLICK HERE 

Shop owner Tahnee Holland comments, “This is a great way to showcase some of the wonderful small business owners who operate outside of metropolitan areas. This is a great way to leave your shopping dollars in a small town where it can make a big difference.”

Gifts at Tea Cup in Roma was chosen as #bakedrelief’s first shopping event partner for Mother’s Day this year and #bakedrelief are planning to showcase other online regional businesses going forward in creative ways.

Crismani adds “We know that people are time poor and finding something special for our mother’s can feel like another chore on your already busy to-do list. This initiative provides an easy way for people across Queensland to contribute directly to a struggling rural economy while getting a beautiful, quality gift.”

For more information visit #bakedrelief on Facebook,  or  and join the conversation on twitter via #bakedrelief

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Brisbane’s best kept foodie secret

Do you want to know Brisbane’s best kept and most awesome foodie secret?  Yes?  Then you had better read on….

I can tell you, but you have to promise me, that you wont keep this delicious secret to yourself.  You must tell everyone you know, ok, ok, I would just like you to share this post on your facebook or twitter page, and consider getting involved in some small way – deal?

Ok, here it is.  Are you ready????

Brisbane foodies, food reviewers and chefs get together three times a year and help feed Brisbane’s homeless by cooking up a gigantic feast of kindness, in Musgrave Park in West End, Brisbane.

Yes that is right, this Sunday 15th March 2015, Brisbane’s most kindest foodies and aficionados chip in their time and talent, don their aprons and feed between 600 to 1000 people who are experiencing homelessness at the Signal Flare BBQ for the homeless and other people in need.

Leading the charge is the big-hearted and talented chef Jerome Dalton from highly acclaimed catering company Dalton Hospitality, who recently won an Australian Good Food and Travel Guide‘s 2015 Readers Choice Award.  Jerome is seriously one amazing chef who gives back in the most wonderful way, with very little public recognition – hence why this is Brisbane’s best kept foodie secret.

For over two years, Jerome has been rallying his contacts in Queensland’s hospitality industry, and supplying a hearty BBQ, including braises, salads, fruit and take home packs.   Jerome, also at his own cost, supplies shuttle a bus to bring people from homeless shelters around Brisbane.


Jerome says that at every homeless BBQ he is part of, there is always a moment that warms or breaks his heart.   Like the little old lady who comes to each event, sits on the end of the buffet, searching for her son, who walked out of home twenty years ago.  Or the two little girls aged 3 and 5, almost the identical ages of Jerome’s own daughters, with steely blue eyes, that gave Jerome a glimpse of a tough start to life.

These young girls made Jerome cry.

So why does he do it?

Jerome says that giving people who are homeless a good meal is a start, but what he loves the most, is to be able to help someone looking for a way out.  Looking to work, looking to change their situation, but don’t know how. “If a person has no fixed address, it is a real problem climbing out of the homeless roundabout.  Without an address, you can’t get government assistance and there is often mental and physical health issues that are not being managed properly.  The cycle is hard to break.” Jerome says. “We often employ folk in our kitchen, help with a phone, shoes for an interview and in other ways”.

Jerome is just one of the amazing groups of people pitching in to make the Signal Flare BBQ a great success.  There is a clothes washing van, legal advice, medical help and much more.  Jerome is quick to point out that the brains, energy and passion behind this stuff is Benedikte Palings and Grant the Polite Guy. “We just cook” says Jerome. 

“It is nice to know that people do care.” said Jerome.

Jerome urgently needs your help!! He needs donations of food, soft drinks, toiletries, clothing for men, women and children and children’s toys.  Also, you don’t have to be a foodie to volunteer!  Jerome needs volunteers to help on the day from 8am at Musgrave Park in West End.  You could volunteer for one hour, or all day – all help gratefully received. Get in touch with Jerome here:

Signal Flare Homeless BBQ facebook
Email Jerome
Visit the Dalton Hospitality website
Like the Dalton Hospitality facebook

THANK YOU in advance for sharing this top-secret foodie secret of Brisbane!

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Send love to the west this Valentine’s Day via #bakedrelief

bakedrelief2Get your nana’s ANZAC biscuit recipe ready, spatulas set…..and GO!!!! Get your bake on for the second annual #lovetothewest campaign via #bakedrelief, sending home-baked goodies to drought affected farming families in Queensland this Valentines Day.

Baked Relief is a direct giving network founded by the amazing Danielle Crismani after the devastating 2011 Queensland floods in Australia. Initially providing baked goods to State Emergency Services volunteers who were sandbagging around Brisbane, #bakedrelief continues to grow helping families affected by natural disasters.

Despite some heavy rains across much of Queensland, huge areas of Queensland are moving into their third year of drought.  As at 1st January 2015, around 75% of Queensland was drought declared.

One farming family wrote on the #bakedrelief facebook page “we have not had enough rain to even measure, and we are now well into our third year of the lowest rainfall in 100 years”.

bakedrelief1For some farming families there are mounting bills, rising costs and stock deaths, many families have been pushed to breaking point.

Last year on Valentine’s Day, everyday Queenslanders sent over three tonnes some home baked love and messages to these families via the #bakedrelief #lovetothewest Valentines Day campaign.

Through Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN), a flood of a different kind emerged, one of cheer, love and encouragement to farming families doing it tough.

This year again #bakedrelief want to mobilise that love and support.  Encouraging city folk to send #lovetothewest and let farmers know they are not alone.

So what are you waiting for??? Get baking! Assemble a kit as a family, as a workplace, as a mothers group, and prepare a morning or afternoon tea kit for a rural family as a 2015 Valentine’s Day gift. With corporate support, Baked Relief will send these ‘Smoko Kits’ directly via Australia Post.  Every the farmers in the most remote locations in Queensland will receive the surprise in their mailbox within days.  Find out what you need to put into your Valentines Day kit here.

There are four easy options to helping create a kit:

Option 1.  Assemble a smoko kit yourself, and drop it to #bakedrelief collection points
Option 2.  Get your workplace, group of friends, mothers group, school friends, nieghbours together to create multiple Valentines Day #lovetothewest kits
Option 3. Contribute items to help the team at #bakedrelief create these smoko kits
Option 4. Make a donation to QRRRWN to help roll out this project, email for details.

Harrison lovetothewestThe Smoko Kits come with the message “Happy Valentine’s Day! We cannot be there to have a cup of tea and a chat but here is something we baked especially for you to let you know we are thinking of you. From my family to yours.”

“This is no substitute for financial support or for rain,” says Danielle. “It won’t pay the bills, grow the hay or feed the cows. But we do know from the response to last year’s project that we can nourish the heart of a farmer just for a minute. We rely on farmers to feed our families three times a day and we want them to know they are important and loved.”

For more information on how you can get involved visit #bakedrelief on facebook, or visit  and join the conversation on twitter via #lovetothewest #bakedrelief.

Please share this post on your own facebook page to show your #lovetothewest this Valentines Day and encourage others to also get involved.


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closet cull for a good cause

WardrobeCullWLSIs your wardrobe bursting at the seams? Time perhaps, to clear out your wardrobe, cull those beautiful clothes you have been hoarding holding on to for a bit too long?Perhaps you have some good quality suits or corporate clothes that you dont really wear anymore, or that stunning designer dress you bought on sale for when you lost 10kgs? That gorgeous work wardrobe that you no longer wear because you are a stay at home mum?  Well, if you live in South East Queensland, here is an extra good reason to do a big closet cull.  Women’s Legal Service and Women Lawyers Association of Queensland will be hosting a designer and vintage fashion pop-up shop at historic Hanworth House on 22 May 2015.

All funds raised will go the the front line work of Women’s Legal Service Queensland which assists thousands of Queensland women and their children each year who experience domestic violence.

Please help spread the word about this clothing collection, tell your all of your friends and repost this blog on your facebook page.  Dont forget you can donate good quality shoes, belts, handbags and accessories too!

For more information about this event, or to arrange drop off or pick up, please contact Natalie at Women’s Legal Service on email

Mark your calendar to attend this event also: 6pm Friday 22nd May 2015 at Hanworth House, entry by gold coin donation.

WLS Corporate Clothing pop up

Other drop off locations and event details can be found here. All unsold items will be donated to Dress for Success

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Can you help Wondai State School – children’s book fire appeal

Good news!  Wondai State School now have enough books to stock their new library – a very big thank you to everyone who donated and responded to the call for help!  The response was just AWESOME! – 09/02/2015

Update on the Wondai State School children’s book fire appeal – 05/02/2015

Angela spoke to the Wondai State School librarian and they are still in need of these items ONLY:
Fiction suitable for boys years 7 – 9 ( so 12 to 14 year olds)
Non fiction – history/geography – arts and recreation – science – technology – environment – farming and animals – disasters – war and autobiographies.

All overflow books will be donated to Queensland drought affected farming families and to Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation.


Update on the Wondai State School children’s book fire appeal – 04/02/2015

THANK YOU so much for the overwhelming support for this children’s book appeal.  The incredible community support for Wondai State School has been nothing short of amazing – thank you, thank you, thank you!  Angela is checking with WSS to confirm they have enough books, any overflow will be distributed to other schools or organisations in the west who may be struggling, or in to the distance education system to be donated to farming families who need them.  We will also make contact with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to see if they need any childrens books.

I absolutely promise that every book donated or accepted so far will find a home with someone deserving.” ~ Angela Galvin



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Over the recent school holidays, Wondai State School, in South Burnett, Queensland, lost their entire library in a fire.

The fire on January 10 devastated the library that had been one of the school’s major projects and the focus of fundraising efforts by the P&C.

Wondai State School principal Ruth Miller said it was a scene of “total devastation.  I got there in the middle of the night. It was just horrible. Nothing could be done,” she said.

The library was a much loved resource to students and teachers alike.

Wondai is a small town, in between Kingaroy and Gympie, with only 2000 residents. It is located on the Bunya Highway approximately 230kilometres north-west of Brisbane.

BooksTo help them start the school year they are asking for donations of childrens books that are in good condition. Any books you can spare will be gratefully accepted. They can be dropped off at Kingaroy state School during office hours.

Please pass this message on to anyone else who might be willing to donate a book or two.

Alternatively, books can be posted directed to the school at:

Wondai SS
PO Box 44
Wondai QLD 4606

Please share this message on your facebook page – thank you for your kindness in helping out!

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Fully Fit Feb – last days to register

FFFIf you are anything like me, then maybe you had a very merry Christmas and now that you are over your Australia Day hang over, you are ready to start thinking about your health and fitness for the year?  Yes? Then consider signing up to Fully Fit Feb, a 28 day fitness challenge that raises money for charity BeyondBlue.

BeyondBlue is Australia’s national initiative to raise awareness of anxiety and depression, providing resources for recovery, management and resilience.

Now entering its second year, Fully Fit Feb, is Australia’s newest annual health and fitness initiative aimed squarely at winning the battle against your waistline and developing healthy lifestyles – FOREVER – whilst raising funds and awareness for charity BeyondBlue.

Brisbane based founder Scott Harris says the 28 day health and fitness challenge, is easy and absolutely anyone can join, and you just need to sign up to being active for 30 minutes each day for the entire month of February, and of course, eat a balanced healthy diet.

“My dad had depression when I was growing up, so I know first hand the challenges people with mental health issues, and their families, have. Beyond Blue is the perfect charity partner for the 2015 Fully Fit Feb, and I really hope people get behind the cause as well as the challenge” said Scott.

Fully-Fit-Feb-LogoRegistration fee is $28.00 for 28 days. Simply a dollar a day to get fit and healthy in Feb whilst leading change in behaviours and being a role model to family, friends, peers and the younger generation. Included in this price is four Sunday Events , advice from allied health providers, access to gyms and activities, workplace activities for corporates and more.

Fully Fit Feb attracted a strong following in 2014.  Scott attributes the success to the unique concept, the free activities on offer, great offers from partnering businesses, February being the shortest month of the year (YES!) and the practical timing of the event considering people’s New Year’s resolutions.

Your 30 minutes of fitness can take many forms; walking your dog, riding your bike to work, using the stairs instead of the lift or in many other popular active pastimes like swimming, running or the gym – it is up to you.

Register Now , take the 28 day Fully Fit Feb challenge, get fit and healthy AND support Beyondblue.  Ange Anderson from Nova 106.9 has signed up, and local businesses including Fitness First Australia, Riverlife are also on board.

Find out more at follow on facebook or twitter.

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join the plastic pollution revolution

My 2015 new year resolution is to join the plastic pollution revolution and reduce my household’s plastic footprint.  I would love to be able to eliminate plastic from my life altogether, but, taking a look around, plastic is in almost every thing. It is easy to be overwhelmed on this humongous issue.  So, here are three easy 2015 resolutions that I think almost anyone can do, I would love for you to join me and reduce your own plastic consumption.

TapWaterMakesCents1. SAY NO TO SINGLE-USE WATER BOTTLES – I LOVE my reuseable bottle (I will remember to bring it, fill/ refill it, reuse it) and I will not purchase single-use water bottles. They are expensive, unnecessary and wasteful. Queensland Healthy Waterways (QHW) a not-for-profit organisation working to protect and improve South East Queensland waterways, have just launched a new website that uses your location to direct you to the nearest free source of tap water – AWESOME! QHW report that plastic bottles are the most common item removed from our waterways AND that drinking 2L of tap water a day will cost you less than $1.50 for a whole year, whereas buying the same quantity of water in single use water bottles, will cost you $3000?

SayNotoPlasticBags2. SAY NO TO PLASTIC BAGS – I will remember to bring my own shopping bags, and decline plastic shopping bags at the checkout. I will bring a nana bag, trolly or basket every time I head out out the door, with enough room in for secret purchases.  On my big supermarket shops, I will remember to bring my reuseable bags – they are not very environmental if I leave them at home.  I will remember to bring them and I am taking my kids along for the ride on this, and hoping they will remind me and hold me accountable to this resolution. Every year, over 7 million tonnes of rubbish end up in the world’s oceans, 80% of which is plastic.

coffeecups3. BYO REUSEABLE COFFEE CUP – I will remember to pack my reuseable coffee cup from home, and wont create extra landfill by having my morning coffee from a disposable cup.  Last year, my beautiful friend bought me a KeepCup for my birthday, it ws a great gift from a great Australian company challenging the disposable culture in Australia – since 2009 they have sold over 3 million KeepCups, diverting billions of cups from landfill.  AWESOME!  I will remember you dear KeepCup when seeking out my morning coffee.

I learnt lots of very interesting (and terrifying) things researching this post:
deadbirdBundanoon a small town in NSW Southern highlands, was Australia’s first bottled water free town, that is right a WHOLE town signed up not to use, buy or sell single-use water bottles in 2009, and they are still going!  AMAZING!  Instead they have installed bubbler and water bottle refill stations around town and the school.
– In a recent study, 92% of the dead seabirds found in the test area had ingested plastic up to 5% of their total body weight
– Out of all plastic bottles, only about 20% are actually recycled
– Almost all bottle caps are not recyled, because they are made out of a different type of plastic
– It can take up to 1000 years for a plastic bottle to biodegrade
– It takes seven litres of water to make a one litre water bottle
– Up to 30% of turtle deaths in Moreton Bay are caused by the ingestion of plastic litter
– Plastic bags look a lot like jellyfish and kill marine life who mistake them for food


Queensland Healthy Waterways are running a campaign to encourage people to join the Plastic Pollution Revolution, visit their facebook page, make a pledge and reduce your plastic footprint.

Clean Up Australia Day are celebrating 25 years of volunteer action across Australia.

In 2014, an estimated 572,406 volunteers cleaned up 15,708 tonnes at 7,140 sites across Australia.

Get involved in Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, 1 March 2015.

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