By Vivienne Pearson
As food is the fuel of life, it is fitting that feasting is the focus of two upcoming health-related fundraising events.
Keep the Hearts of Federal Beating is a fabulous name for a party to raise funds for a defibrillator. The purchase was the top priority from community meetings, prompted by an incident at a village event when it took 50 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.
Food trucks will fuel the event this Saturday 4 August. Gunter’s Flammkucken will offer German-style wood-fired pizza and the Defunct Urbanites will offer Pasitisios (a layered and baked vege delight) as well as desserts including Loukoumathes (Greek-style doughnuts).
Stone & Wood are generously donating beer for the bar and the Federal General Store, where the defibrillator will be located, is a big supporter. ‘Everything in Federal is food focused,’ says Alan Goldstein, a member of the Federal Community Centre. ‘This is a good excuse to get together over music, food and beer.’
A second fundraising event is being held next Friday 10 August at Beach Byron Bay for Our Kids, a not-for-profit that provides paediatric equipment to hospitals, including Byron and Lismore.
Owner Belinda Kirkwood, an ambassador for the charity said, ‘Owing to complications with the birth of both our children, we required extra medical attention and were transferred to the Lismore Base Hospital Special Care Ward. We wanted to show our appreciation for the wonderful support by helping Our Kids help other local families in similar situations, especially so that all babies can be cared for locally instead of being flown interstate.’
The three-course dinner (plus canapés and a glass of bubbly) will be Italian based, including a dessert of red-wine-braised pear with mascarpone cream.
Keep the hearts of Federal beating: Sat 4 August 6pm till late. Facebook Events/480772279048948. No bookings needed, just turn up.
Our Kids Fundraising Dinner at Beach Byron Bay: Friday 10 August 6pm, bookings essential. [email protected] Guest speaker: Norm Black, co-founder of TripADeal.
Entrée for the Our Kids fundraiser – photo supplied