Leading Victorian chefs Jesse Gerner, Scott Pickett and
Alejandro Saravia along with 3RRR Host Cam Smith are calling on the Victorian
hospitality industry to unite in joining #RestaurantsforRelief, raising money
for the Gippsland community through #FebFireFund.
“This summer’s bushfires have ravaged our fair state. We all
have a deep connection to the communities that are burning, especially as so much
of our produce comes from Gippsland – as well as our suppliers, they are
our long-held friends. The consequences are overwhelming and their scale is
only just being realised,” says Gerner.
“We will be calling on businesses to get involved in
fundraising efforts throughout February. Whether it be the local deli, fish and
chip shop, cafe, pub or restaurant, everyone is encouraged to do their bit. A
huge thanks to our friends at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and Restaurant
& Catering Industry Association for their support also.”
#FebFireFund is a centralised online hub on which the public
can see how and where they can support the Gippsland community by visiting
Melbourne’s top food and wine venues, as well as providing transparency on how
the funds raised are spent. For industry keen to participate, the GoFundMe page
also provides guidance and recommendations on how to get involved.
#FebFireFund will direct 100% of funds back to BlazeAid, a
volunteer-based organisation that works with communities in rural Australia
after natural disasters, where volunteers help to rebuild fences and other
structures that have been damaged or destroyed.
Any restaurants looking to participate can email firstname.lastname@example.org for a
contribution form or visit #FebFireFund GoFundMe
page for more information on how to get involved.