Can you believe it has been 11 months since the first flooding began in Queensland and almost 10 months since the tragedy in Grantham and the many homes destroyed in South East Queensland?
This has changed the lives of many. Touching many people. Altering my life forever.
The wonderful volunteers who helped in all aspects of these floods are heroes!
With the generous hearts of so many we have shipped more than 1500 brand new cookbooks and 2000 pre loved cookbooks to those who have been flood affected and helped them to get cooking again. These cookbooks have made their way as far as Darwin (where flood waters washed away houses too) and Christchurch to assist Baked Relief NZ volunteers with recipes!
Also, the eagerness of Schools, 612ABC Brisbane and individuals to assist, more than $20,000 worth of brand new winter PJs made their way around South East Queensland, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Oakey warming families from the cold of winter while the rebuilding commenced for many.
This is a fantastic achievement!
I have met so many wonderful people and some inspiring people who have brought tears to my eyes. One of those was Craig Michaels who founded Connected Relief.
The day I finally got around to visiting the warehouse in Banyo I kicked myself for not getting there sooner. That was after I spent 30 mins holding in the tears in awe of what this one amazing person has built through a vision and the support of (again) amazing volunteers.
Right then and there I knew I wanted to be more involved with Connected. I knew Craig and his team shared the core values of Baked Relief.
Baked Relief + Connected Relief = Together we can achieve more.
Please go to Connected Relief’s website HERE to see how you can help and follow them on Twitter @connectedrelief
Today Baked Relief, along with Brisbane Adoption / The Heart Army have launched the Warm a Child PJ Relief Project.
Brisbane Adoption / The Heart Army is working with more than 700 registered families to assist them to get their lives back to normal after the natural disasters in Queensland in the Summer of 2010/2011.
Baked Relief was a movement started in Brisbane initially providing food to emergency services, and volunteers and flood affect families during the early stages of the flood clean up.
These two groups have joined forces on the PJ relief project because the share the same ideals and values of assisting families in a nurturing way.
We have spent time talking and supporting each other and talking about what we can do to help families more. Baked Relief has been working with Brisbane Adoption to target and meet any needs we can with regard to cookbooks, baking needs, kitchen appliances and anything kitchen or cooking related to help lift their spirits. This has been an amazing discovery! Those who love cooking and baking instantly smile when we take them a cookbook or some baking tins. But sometimes there is a little more outside our ‘kitchen scope’ we can do!
We have partnered with Brisbane Adoption / The Heart Army to get new pajamas for children to keep them warm in the cold. Go to their website HERE
About The Heart Army
The Heart Army is a collective group of passionate and determined individuals who have all come together to assist our fellow Australians after the wake of the 2011 floods and cyclones that devastated much of Queensland. Whilst The Heart Army work in conjunction with a number of wonderful charities, we are an independent charity who rely solely on the support of the public for donations of goods, services and monetary assistance.
How does a school get involved?
We are looking to team with schools (primary and high school) to advertising this project in their newsletters and websites. Arrange a collection period, a two week campaign is a good is a period of time to run this.
Encourage parents to purchase the size and gender that their child would wear. This ensures a good cross section for the children we are helping.
Email Danielle Crismani on firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a contact number and we can get the project on the way for your school.
How can families get involved?
Purchase some new pjs, again your child’s size and gender and drop them at one of our collection points listed below or send them to:
Baked Relief PO Box 3175, Newmarket Q 4051
If you have been flood affected, please get in contact with us. We can offer you cookbooks, Pjs and put the call out for any kitchen related items for you! Also, go to the Heart Army website to register and they can help you start your life again!
On Sunday 22 May 2011 Danielle Crismani (that’s me!) will be presenting Blogs and Baking: How can food bring a community together?
We have a story to unfold which links our lives together and I am using photos to take everyone on the journey which has brought us to were we are now and how food and family and community grow.
Like Tess Curran quoted in the Baked Relief artical in Peppermint Magazine …
“From the outpouring of kindness we can all take heart, and remember that even those who have lost everything have gained one thing: Community.”
It has taken days for me to put together the presentation. It has been an emotional time, to say the least. Just reliving all the photos, stories, hugs, laughs and tears. So much trauma, yet so much hope and inspiration.
I hope to see you there. It will also be a chance to meet other people involved in the Baked Relief journey and hear their stories first hand.
Through twitter this week, I thought I would post a photo every day of one of the images I will share on Sunday. Keep an eye on the Twitter feed. @bakedrelief @digellabakes
To see a PDF of all the senstational sessions from the Ideas Festival, go HERE
Were you a “mud army” volunteer?
If you helped in the recent Brisbane floods cleanup work, we would like to talk with you as part of University of Queensland research. We are interested in your thoughts + feelings of your flood volunteering experience.
Research participants will go into a draw to win one of three movie gift cards, each valued at $40.
You will be interviewed by one of three student researchers from the School of Journalism and Communication.
Your answers are completely confidential to the research team and are not linked to any identifying information.
Who: 48 flood cleanup volunteers 18+
What: 25 minute interview
When: Between 10.10am and 2.40pm
Date: Either Sat May 7 or Sun May 8
To have your interview scheduled + for full address details + map link, contact the research supervisor, with your preferred interview day on email@example.com or phone 3346 8293.
What a great day hosted by The Fox Hotel in South Brisbane. Thousands of dollars raised will go families who need it most.
Everyone who attended had a great day with lots of laughs and a chance for the bus of residents from Lockyer Valley to leave some issues behind for a day.
Thank you Bundy Rum, The Fox Hotel and all the Baked Relief supporters who attended. It was great to have Sam from Brisbane Adoption – Heart Army which is an amazing organisation which Baked Relief is working along side to achieve more for families!
Go to the story which Emma Sykes of ABC Local has photographed and written HERE
These photos were taken by Emma Sykes of ABC Local.
Photo: ABC Local: Emma Sykes
16 April 2011
The Fox Hotel
What is Watermark?
“This is the mark that marks the point where the floodwaters peaked. It marks the day when ordinary people showed their iron will, giving to others when their own lives were gutted. It marks the spirit in this town and every town on the hard road to recovery. This is a day to mark in your memory. When people came together had a drink, a laugh and kept going.”
In the recent January Brisbane Floods, 14,972 homes and businesses were completely swamped and 18,025 partially flooded. Bundaberg Rum is organizing a state-wide flood relief event called Watermark that will be held simultaneously in pubs across the state on the 16th April to support flood victims and to help local flood affected businesses get back on their feet.
The iconic Fox Hotel in South Brisbane bore the brunt of the rising Brisbane River, the receding floodwaters revealing that their cellars and Main Bar had been inundated and left waterlogged and covered in sticky brown sludge.
The Fox has repaired and refurbished and is now wanting to host the biggest flood relief party Brisbane has seen to help their fellow flood-affected Queenslanders in the Lockyer Valley.
Sponsored by Bundaberg Rum and The Fox Hotel, WATERMARK is a tribute to all the victims of the floods and the heroic resilience of Queenslanders. Funds raised from this event will go directly to families in Helidon and Murphy’s Creek in the Lockyer Valley. These families have been hit hard by damage to homes, property and infrastructure. As most families are only receiving 20% of the insured value of their homes, they need to rebuild with very limited funds. They are not benefiting from any of the Grantham Flood Support Fund-raising.
Baked Relief have provided brand new kitchen start-up kits, linen, cookbooks and vouchers for groceries so far, but more is needed. The Fox Hotel has teamed up with Baked Relief and now share the philosophy of providing practical, on the ground support to families by providing credit at local stores for the purchase of goods. The benefit of this is three fold. Firstly it empowers the families to make their own choices about products to suit their needs, secondly Baked Relief is financially supporting the local economy and thirdly we are supporting the local store owners, many of which have also been affected by flooding.
Money can’t buy prizes, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The Grand Auction will be the afternoon highlight event, showcasing the hottest and most coveted items available in Brisbane right now.
Make sure you are at the Fox Hotel on Saturday the 16th of April and support those who have lost so much.
What a lovely afternoon hosted by The Honourable Wayne Swan and his staff. It was great to meet with many of the people who had worked on Baked Relief and were looking for ways to continue this support!
To read the speech I gave, click HERE
Baked Relief supporters are invited to a thank you event hosted by Treasurer Wayne Swan who has been a wonderful champion of our cause. The Treasurer has asked me to speak about Baked Relief and our successes to date and our projects for the future. I would love for you to attend to hear more about how you can assist the flood affected and people in need in our community.
It will be held on the afternoon of Monday 14 March at Chermside.
For more information please see the Treasurers website HERE or phone his office on 3266 8244 to RSVP and for more details.
I would love to meet you all in real life over a cup of tea and a cupcake.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Happy International Women’s Day! I am off to Parliament House tonight to an event hosted by our Premier Anna Bligh. This event is to celebrate Everyday women, extraordinary lives.
You can view Sunny Mummyfounder Stacey Sullaphen (who worked on Project Shine for the flood affected) and Samantha Pietersen (founder of Brisbane Adoption) on the tribute gallery in celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
Danielle Crismani HERE
Stacey Sullaphen HERE
Samantha Pietersen HERE
I am very inspired by these women and many others working to help families through these times.
You girls ROCK!
Yep, you read right, we are in NZ. Why? Because we are ANZACS!
In Australia and want to help?
- Host a bake sale
- Donate money for ingredients, supplies, fruit. to one of the projects
- Spread the word to those you know in NZ and via twitter and facebook.
Stay safe everyone. We are thinking and praying for you!
For detailed information go HERE to our Baked Relief NZ Page.