Monday, 10 December 2007
As we prepare for our Christmas and Holiday feasts, let us remember that there are many many people worldwide who are less fortunate than we are. The problem might seem insurmountable but if we each add our small amount to one large basket, the amount in the basket grows and becomes a significant amount. And how wonderful if that significant amount is so significant that it will overflow into more baskets.
With that in mind, I am happy to say that I am joining with several other food bloggers around the world to make my own small donation to put into the basket whose contents will go towards the United Nations World Food Programme’s school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa. Please help us to overflow the basket.
What am I doing specifically? I am sewing a butcher style apron… because there is nothing like a nice looking apron to jazz up the kitchen! Whether it is hanging on a hook or being worn, it’s great to have an apron. Where else are you going to wipe your hands?!
Sewn especially for Menu For Hope IV by me, this one-of-a-kind apron will be constructed of 100% medium weight cotton. And of course, it’s machine washable…. (click on image for closer look at the fabric)
You’ve probably noticed that I’ve said “will be constructed”. Anyone who knows me, already knows that I am a just-under-the-wire last-minute sort of person.
At first when Pim approached me about participating in this year’s Menu For Hope, I didn’t really think I had anything useful to donate (aside from my ten dollarses for bidding). But then I saw this wonderful cotton with dark blue elephants, camels and leopards marching across a turquoise field. And I knew it was perfect for this year’s Menu for Hope theme; I had to make an apron with it!
Yes, it’s true; the apron is not yet made. But I assure you that it will be made in time for the winners to be announced.
To be the lucky winner of the apron (and/or many other prizes), all you have to do is purchase raffle ticket(s). For every US$10 donated, you will receive one virtual raffle ticket. (To bid on the apron, please type number CA06 in the “Personal Message” section of the donation form at Firstgiving.)
Anyone is welcome to bid on this apron. When the raffle winners are announced by Pim on 9 January 2008, the apron will be sent by me via Canada Post to the winner. Please bear in mind that your apron will arrive eventually; Canada Post may sometimes be one of the slowest postal systems in the world but it is, for the most part, reliable.
There are many other prizes from which to choose. Jennifer (The Domestic Goddess) is the Canadian host for Menu for Hope IV. Please remember that not all of the prizes are being offered world-wide. Canadians can take a look at her site to see prizes for Canadians. Please take a look at Menu for Hope IV to see all the prizes being offered.
- Select your choice of prize(s) from the Menu for Hope site – remember to note the code number of the prize. (This is the global list of all prizes donated this year.) Please check the terms and conditions for each prize BEFORE you bid; some have shipping restrictions and/or expiry dates.
- Go to the donation site and make a donation.
- Please specify your prize code number(s) in the ‘Personal Message’ section in the donation form when confirming your donation. Each US$10 you donate gives you one virtual raffle ticket. If you are purchasing more than one ticket, please indicate how you would like the tickets to be allocated. eg: a donation of US$50 might be 1xCA06, 1xAP19, 1xUE06, 2xUK06. The apron prize code is CA06.
- For US donors: if your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information for a successful corporate match.
- Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we could contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.
- Finally, please remember to see the raffle results on Pim’s blog (Chez Pim) on Wednesday 9 January 2008.
To bid on or learn more about Menu for Hope IV, please read the following:
- Menu for Hope IV – Main Site (this is where you can find all the regional hosts and find a list of all the prizes)
- Menu for Hope IV – Canada (this is where you can find a list of prizes available to Canadians)
- Firstgiving – Menu for Hope IV (to bid on prizes – the apron is number CA06)
Note that Cathy’s apron is already made!! (What a showoff. )
The apron is now sewn! Please take a look at
(click on image for larger view and more photos)
Pim has extended the deadline for donations to Menu for Hope IV. She wrote:
It looks like there are a bunch people who made mistakes in their raffle bids and donation forms so I am going to give until the end of this weekend to correct everything. [...] So, there’s a bit of time left if you want to donate and get more raffle tickets you missed the first time.
Please read more here:
The winners of the Menu for Hope IV prizes have been announced! Congratulations to all for helping to raise $91,188.00 in support of the the UN World Food Programme.
Please remember to look at my annual Advent calendar (don’t even THINK about peeking ahead).