Food rescue scoops Brisbane

OzHarvest grew from a community need to reduce the amount of food that goes to waste. Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn decided that she could not stand by and watch as the twin problems of food waste and hunger co-existed.

After researching options for dealing with food waste and coming up empty, Ronni decided to start up a food rescue charity herself. November 2004 saw the launch of OzHarvest Sydney, a one-of-a-kind program that collects fresh surplus food from restaurants, supermarkets and other food sellers and distributes it to people in need with their same-day service. Having extra food on-hand means that charities can spend more time and money focusing on their valuable programs and supporting the vulnerable.

Seven years on, with locations across Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and Adelaide, OzHarvest is now launching in Brisbane in partnership with Wesley Mission Brisbane.

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“Community Meal” serves up inspirational stories

James Wilson* (name changed) came to Australia from England in the hope of finding work but instead, the now 57-year-old found himself living on the streets.

Leaving his father and sister behind to start work with a construction company in Perth, the firm collapsed soon after his arrival and left James unemployed. An eight month trip in a camper van across Australia found James in Brisbane, with no support network and few job opportunities.

“When I got to Brisbane I had to sell the van. I was living on the streets and sleeping in the Botanical Gardens,” says James.  “There was just no work available.”

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Mayhem Update

So my “detox” is going alright, I’m actually quite surprised at myself. I’ve been eating lots of fruit and veg and cutting back on the chocolate. I’ve started a running program that promises to have me running 5 k in 8 weeks (we will see…) Feeling pretty good, although I still can’t wake up in the morning. I snooze my alarm for like an hour! I am getting my gym attendance up, though, I’ve been twice this week and aiming for three. The best thing about exercise though isn’t the physical benefits (although those are lovely too) but the emotional lift I get afterwards is pretty much the reason I do it.

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Long time no see!

Lovely readers, hello!

Have not written in a few weeks as I have been awfully busy graduating university and getting a job. I’m actually employed! I’m working for a not-for-profit organisation in their PR department. Having a ball. At the moment we are putting together a magazine so I’m getting to do lots of interviews and writing for our internal press as well as negotiating with journalists to get stories out in the world. There are also lots of opportunities for me to hone my photography skills and I think soon I’ll be taking a graphic design class. It’s really fun to be learning new things along the way, although I already miss student life — the discounts, the lay-ins… I have to be a real adult now. Continue reading

Detox!

The whole idea of winter is lovely. Cuddling up by the fire, reading in bed, hot chocolates and walks in the park rugged up in your winter jacket and boots.

In reality, Winter sucks. It’s freezing when I get out of bed in the morning. I crave junk food and carbs all the time. I can’t motivate myself to get to gym because it’s too bloody cold. My skin is dry and I just feel like crap.

SO! I’ve decided to cut the bullshit and get to work, and be disciplined with myself. I thought I would write about it as it might at some motivation to stick with it, so I don’t fail (or resort to lying) in front of all my lovely readers. All two of you. ;)

No more chocolate and crap. Healthy meals. Less alcohol (let’s set some realistic standards here) and more gym.

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Forties Fashion reVamped

Fashion news update here.

Firstly, Alexander Skarsgard is a delicious Swedish gem in the 40s inspired Vogue shoot “Spell Bound”. I love this fashion and not to mention the gorgeousness that is A.S. It also reminds me that I really need to catch up on True Blood. Enjoy.

This is the 40s at its finest. Look at that blue suit. Look at those leopard print accessories – that, my friends, is how to wear leopard print. Sparingly and with great helpings of classiness.

Click to see more pretty boys & girls.

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