Gather around your family and friends, enjoy a delicious curry, and help break the devastating cycle of poverty. That’s the aim of Opportunity International Australia this October or November with the Great Australian Curry.
All funds raised will be distributed to families in small loans, to build businesses and to help ignite a generational change to allow more girls to attend school.
Opportunity Chief Executive Officer, Robert Dunn, said he hopes bringing people together over a meal will start a conversation and overall “help families in poverty by giving them a hand up.”
“We can change the lives of people. What isn’t much to us, is a lot to them,” he added.
Last year the initiative raised $108,000 through cooking curries, which was enough money to provide 1,500 families with small loans. This year, Opportunity hopes to raise even more.
When My Kitchen Rules finalists Valerie and Courtney Ferdinands heard of the fundraiser they jumped on board.
“I thought, what a great idea this is. Bringing people together over something to eat and raising money. And curry is what we’re all about…it’s our cuisine,” said Valerie.
Meanwhile former Australian cricketer Michael Kasprowicz is also behind the cause. Michael had witnessed the work of Opportunity and when the concept of cooking curries came along, one of his passions, he couldn’t help but get involved to help create awareness.
“The purpose is so powerful. Giving loans to Mothers to provide better opportunities for their children, as well as small businesses. This can change lives,” said Michael.
Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and world record-breaking swimmer, Stephaine Rice is also supporting the Great Australian Curry.
In a recent curry cook off fundraising event, Valerie and Michael both won. Their secret to a great curry? Fresh ingredients but most importantly, fresh spices to create amazing flavours. Something to keep in mind when cooking your curry!
If you would like to host your own spice night at home, click here for more details.