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Monday, 10 December 2007

Butcher Style Apron for Menu for Hope IV

Filed under: crossblogging,hunger,various other events — ejm @ 08:14 EDT

Menu for Hope IV

apron prize code: CA06

Menu for Hope IV apron

Menu for Hope IV 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?!

Menu for Hope IV apron 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Go to the donation site and make a donation.
    1. 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.
    2. For US donors: if your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information for a successful corporate match.
    3. 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.
  3. 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:

Cathy (Not Eating Out in NY) is also donating a one-of-a-kind apron to Menu for Hope IV. Hers is made from some beautiful looking fabric printed with red flowers. I promise that we didn’t copy each other but came up with the idea for the aprons independently.

Note that Cathy’s apron is already made!! (What a showoff. :whee:)


Menu for Hope IV apron edit 17 December 2007:

The apron is now sewn! Please take a look at

(click on image for larger view and more photos)


edit 23 December 2007:

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:


edit 11 January 2008:
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.


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  • Jeanne

    I love that fabric – the colour and the design! And well done you for donating a prize :) I’m co-hosting the Uk prize site and it’s hard work but sooooo rewarding. Hope we beat last year’s total!

  • ejm

    I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only one who thinks so, Jeanne. As soon as I saw it, I absolutely had to buy that fabric. It’s great, isn’t it?

    I hope the total is beaten as well. I see that lots of bids are coming in on other prizes but alas, my apron isn’t doing so well. :lalala: Not even one bid. I thought if I offered it internationally, it would have more of a chance. Still, even if it draws attention to the other really great prizes that do bring in bids, then it will have done something towards the cause.

  • african vanielje

    So glad you are donating a prize too. It is a worthy cause and close to my home and my heart

    I’m glad I am too, AV. You’re right, it is a worthy cause. I only wish I could do more (I also wish that at least one person would bid on my apron!) -ejm

  • a blog fan

    I just made my a donation and hope to have 2 chances to win that apron!


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