It’s easy to be a cynic in today’s increasingly connected, yet disconnected times. Yet, if one needs proof of humanity, the Australian bushfire is it. With over a billion wildlife affected, homes ravaged, and communities displaced, many have been hard at work with lending a hand.
With Australia Day (26 January) coming up, the community is in the thick of fundraisers. On 25 January, there is a dinner organised by Green is the New Black, in collaboration with Kilo Kitchen and supported by Collectius. At the helm of it are two of our Prestige 40 under 40 listers.
Stephanie Dickson, Founder of Green is the New Black, laments the state of the earth, asking if we “have reached the point in this climate crisis of no return”. Yet, she firmly believes that “there is power when we come together”.
Head chef at Kilo Kitchen, Manel Valero, highlights that the dinner will be plant-based. “When we started talking about the planning of this event with Green Is The New Black, we came to the conclusion that it would not make any sense to serve meat — the livestock industry plays a big part in the environmental changes we currently face (pollution, deforestation, etc)”, he said. Bolstered by suppliers like Impossible Meats, Chef Manel assures that it’s a simple yet comforting menu.
Tickets are priced at $115 each, and includes a four-course vegetarian meal, including a mezze platter, zucchini cream soup, Impossible Meatballs and a chocolate terrine. Three complimentary drinks are included. To keep the mood buzzing and the conversations flowing, booze for the night are wines from Merci Marcel, Codigo’s tequila and cocktails, as well as beers from Crust. Drag performers Lykkie Liquor and Mona Kee Kee as well as live musicians Oliver Osborne and David Carollo will be entertaining the crowd.
All funds raised will be donated to two charities, and equally split between them. They are FRRR, The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, which supports bushfire-affected communities, and Wildlife Victoria that cares for the sick, injured, and orphaned animals.
Corporate sponsor Collectius has pledged $10,000. Group CEO Gustav Eriksson said in a statement that “the devastating situation, the urgency of wildlife preservation, and the call for emergency aid is loud and clear; and [they] want to be there”. You can play a part too, by booking your seat at the table, or making a donation here.