Hong Kong is glossy and glamourous in many ways, but there are hidden pockets of poverty where people go without a full stomach, or forced to feed low-cost processed food that is not nutritious to their children. As one of the lucky group of people who gets to be picky about what to eat, rather than worrying about where my next meal may come from, I have been conscious about how wasteful we have been with our food.
Luckily, one of my favourite charities in Hong Kong has been working hard to eliminate food waste by delivering surplys food from F&B outlets and hotels to those in need.
Auntie Vanessa, who is one of the most inspiring and generous person I have met in my life, founded Foodlink as she could not bear the thought of people throwing away perfect good food while thousands of people suffer hunger and neglect in the poorest parts of our hometown. She went from hotel to hotel and convinced them to save the surplus food from buffets and banquets for their vans to ferry hot meals to shelters and other partners, reaching out to those in need and warming their hearts.
The logistics team currently made up of 2 happy and smiley Misters Chan and Leung would pick up the pre-packed surplus food from donors and deliver by refrigerated vans to partner shelters and outreach centres, where the food will be reheated and distributed locally.
And the food they pick up can be anything at all, from good old mac and cheese to extra croissant from breakfast buffet, and even chocolate and red velvet cupcakes.
To do all this amazing work, Foodlink needs HK$1.5 million a year to support its daily operations. The team picks up 2,200 kg to feed 4,400 people every week, and that is a lot of trips between hotels, restaurants and the beneficiaries. They are also planning to get an additional van to reach out deeper into Kowloon and New Territories, to areas such as Sham Shui Po and Tin Shui Wai where there is high unemployment rate/low education level and high concentration of new immigrants.
And YOU can help this Saturday.
This year, my dear friend Charlotte and the fundraising team is bringing back the pool party with a line-up of impressive DJs, great giveaways and silent auction, with many amazing prizes to be won. Amping things up even more this year for the Hawaiian-themed evening are fire dancers and other exciting live music and performances.
Can you think of a better way to spend your weekend than enjoying a dip in the waterfall infinity pool or chill out on the outdoor terrace as you take in the panoramic views of Central?
Foodlink Annual Charity Pool Party
Date: 7 July 2012 (Sat)
Time: 6:00pm – late
Venue: Private residence at 12B Bowen Road, Mid-levels, Hong Kong
There are still limited tickets. Get your hands on them quick:
- Online with credit card or paypal: www.Xclusive.hk
- Direct bank transfers: HSBC: 640-102398-838 (Please email payment receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- In person at The9thMuse (Cash only)
Some photos courtesy of Foodlink