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!

Posted in Brisbane Events, Children, Community, GIVING, Homelessness, KINDNESS, Pay it forward | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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.


Posted in Brisbane Events, Causes, Children, Community, CSR, Flood relief, GIVING, KINDNESS, Pay it forward | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Australian charity, Brisbane Events, Children, Community, GIVING | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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



Photo credit

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!

Posted in Children, Community, GIVING | Tagged , , , , , | 20 Comments

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.

Posted in Brisbane Events, Causes, Community | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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:
deadbird- Bundanoon 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.

Posted in Australian Conservation Foundation, Children, Community, Queensland charity, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Queensland Charity Events 2015

This is the third year I have written this Queensland charity event list, kind of a wish list of all the amazing fancy-pants-for-a-good-cause type events that Queensland charities put on each year.

Take a look, support* a couple and please send me a note or comment below if I have missed any – thanks and enjoy!

* there are so many ways you can support a charity event, other than attending.  Donate a prize, donate your skills or time (join the event / fundraising committee, volunteer to stuff goodie bags or sell raffle tickets at the event), share the event with your friends / network –  get in touch with the charity directly, to see if they can use your help.


7pm Saturday 14th February 2015
Mater Little Miracles Ball “Love is in the Air”
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Tickets: $185 pp, $1800 for table of ten
Dress: Black tie or lounge suit
Cause: supporting clinical programs, education and training, research, equipment and mission activities at Mater Hospitals and Mater Research.
More info: 07 3163 8000 or email


RMHC7pm Saturday 14 February 2015
Mount Isa Ronald McDonald House NQ Charity Ball
Civic Centre, Mount Isa
Tickets: $140 pp
Cause: funds raised support the Mount Isa Ronald McDonald House in Townsville, and their efforts to ensure the comforts of home for the families of our great community are met and accommodated.
More info: Kate 0447 400 348 or facebook


SecondChance6pm Thursday 26 February 2015
Second Chance Programme Fundraising Evening
Hanworth House, 109 Lytton Road, East Brisbane
Tickets: $85 pp
Cause: funding emergency beds for women who are homeless, safe haven in refuges for and and children fleeing family violence, and ultimatemately providing permanent affordable accommodation.
More info: contact Cheryl LeCerf on 3853 5816 or email


MelanomaInstituteAust7pm Saturday 28 February 2015
Though the Looking Glass – supporting the Melanoma Institute Australia
Mirra Private Dining & Events, Fortitude Valley
Tickets: $150 pp
Dress code: cocktail
Cause: Melanoma Institute Australia is dedicated to preventing and curing melanoma through innovative, world class research, treatment and education programs.
More info: phone Leonie on 07 3257 3000, email or website


UNWomen7am Wednesday 4 March 2015
UNWomen: Brisbane International Women’s Day Breakfast 2015
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Tickets: $75 pp, NGO table $750, corporate table $1500
Cause: supporting UN Women’s projects and programs, challenge attitudes which perpetuate gener inequality in Australia, engage the Australian Government to raise awareness of the work of UN Women.
More info: call 02 8936 0904, email or visit website


RCW logofinal.aiSaturday 8 March 2015
Redlands Centre for Women’s International Women’s Day High Tea
Sheldon Event Centre, Sheldon, Redlands
Tickets: TBC
Cause: Redlands Centre for Women provide care packages to women living in Redlands experiencing hardship, provider of educational, empowerment and networking programs for women living in Redlands.
More info: phone 07 3461 7097, email or website


mndandme6pm Saturday 14 March 2015
The Scott Sullivan Memorial Gala Dinner – A Night of Colour
Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Tickets: $175 pp, $1775 for a table of ten
Dress: Black tie – a night of colour
Cause: funding vital research to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and supporting people living with MND, and their families
More info: phone 3394 5222 or email


EndlessSummerBallSaturday 21 March 2015
Endless Summer Ball 2015 – finding a cure for Alpers
Hillstone, St Lucia
Cause: finding a cure to Alpers, a family based project to raise awareness and funds to Alpers Syndrome research
More info: email or visit website


BlackandWhiteBall6:30pm Saturday 21 March 2015
Black and White Ball for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
Victoria Park Golf Course, Herston, Brisbane
Tickets: $180 pp, $1800 for table of ten
Cause: raising funds for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in memory of John Trivett
More info: 1300 362 965, email or website


DanielMorcombe6pm Saturday 21 March 2015
Daniel Morcombe Foundation’s 10th Annual Dance for Daniel
Brisbane City Hall
Tickets: $210 pp, $2000 for table of ten
Dress: Red Tie
Cause: assisting in the education of children about their personal safety; child safety educational resources; assisting young victims of crime through financial support; empowering Australians to make their own local communities safer places for children.
More info: phone 0420 300 737 or visit website


wls6:30pm Friday 27 March 2015
Dancing CEO’s 2015 – Fundraiser for Women’s Legal Service
Brisbane City Hall
Tickets: $220 pp or $2000 for a table of ten
Dress: Black tie with a touch of disco
Cause: supporting women (and their children) escaping domestic violence and navigate complex family law issues
More info: visit website


mummyswish7pm Saturday 9 May 2015
Mummy’s Wish Ball
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Tickets: $170 pp or $1500 for a table of ten
Cause: to support Australian families with children under 12 through the provision of practical, immediate and non means tested support whilst mum is receiving treatment for cancer.
More info: visit website


ACTforKids6:30pm Saturday 16 May 2015
ACT for Kids 2015 Gala Ball
Sofitel Brisbane, 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane
Tickets: $185 pp, $1850 for table of ten
Cause: preventing and treating child abuse and neglect
More info: phone 07 3850 3200, or visit website


BruceLynton6:30pm Saturday 16 May 2015
The 2015 Bruce Lynton Charity Ball
The RACV Royal Pines Resort, Benowa, Gold Coast
Tickets: $230 pp, $2300 for table of ten
Dress: Black Tie
More info: website


varietyQLD6:30pm Saturday 13 June 2015
Variety of Chefs Ball
The Grand Ballroom, Hilton Brisbane
Tickets: TBC
Cause: helping children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn. By giving practical equipment, programs and experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they may face and assists them to life a happy and fulfilled life.
More info: phone 07 3907 9300 or visit website


RBWHFoundation7pm Saturday 13 June 2015
2015 Right Royal Affair – supporting RBWH Foundation
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Tickets: $200 pp, $2000 for a table of ten
Dress: Black Tie with a touch of Las Vegas
Cause: advancing medical research at Royal Bribsane and Women’s Hospital
More info: call 07 3646 7588, email or visit website


BFF11:30am Friday 19th June 2015
7th Annual Bulimba Fashion Festival for Charity
Oxford 152, Oxford Street, Bulimba, Brisbane
Tickets: $125 pp
Cause: The 2015 beneficiary is charity Mates4Mates – supports wounded, injured and ill current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families, to rebuild their lives.
More info: contact Shannon or facebook


sandslogoDinner Friday 19th June 2015
Save SANDS Gala Dinner
Victoria Park Golf Course, Herston, Brisbane
Tickets: $140 pp
Cause: SANDS provide support for parents and families following miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn deaths.
More info: visit SANDS website, or contact Kate on email


CancerCouncilQLD7pm Saturday 27 June 2015
2nd Annual SteamPunk Charity Ball MMXV
The Grand Ballroom, Brisbane Tattersalls Club
Dress: all outfits must conform to the SteamPunk aesthetic, they must reflect a somewhat fashionable neo victorian retro futuristic style, formal attire is encouraged, but not required (confused?  me too! tc)
Dress code update! Thanks to Prof.von Explaino for this update: steampunk attire _is_ required for the Steampunk Charity Ball. Steampunk can include post-apocalyptic attire, tribal outfits, urchin outfits, and loads of other non-formal costumery and still be Steampunk.
Cause: Cancer Council Queensland – preventing, detecting, effectively treating and surviving a cancer diagnosis.
More info: website or facebook


WaterAidAustralia6:30pm Saturday 13 June 2015
Queensland WaterAid Ball
Brisbane City Hall
$3000 per table of ten
Theme: James Bond
Dress: Black tie / formal/ bond
 WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities.
Details TBC: phone David on 0409 976 626, email or website


CCS6:30pm Friday 4th September 2015
40 Golden Years Gala Ball in aid for Childhood Cancer Support
The Marquee, Victoria Park, Herston
$175 pp or $2100 for a table of twelve
Cause: offering regional families a place to call home while their child is undergoing lifesaving cancer treatment in Brisbane.
More info / buy tickets: phone 07 3252 4719

legacySaturday 19 September 2015
Airbus Group Australia Pacific Defence Charity Ball supporting Legacy
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
More info: visit

Have I missed your event?  Please leave me the details below, and I would be very happy to add it to the list.  Happy 2015 to you!

Posted in Brisbane Events, Causes, Children, Community, GIVING, Homelessness, KINDNESS, MND and Me Foundation, Queensland charity, Second Chance, Uncategorized, Variety Queensland | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments