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You likely already know about the amazing work of OzHarvest Canberra. 

It’s estimated that every year, more than five million tonnes of surplus food ends up in landfill in Australia alone [1]. This number would be even higher if it wasn’t for a team of distinctive yellow vans and a passionate group of staff and volunteers.

OzHarvest was founded in 2004 by Sydneysider Ronni Kahn, who was frustrated by the enormous volume of food being discarded from the hospitality industry. She decided to ‘rescue’ the food and changed the way Australia thinks about waste in the process. OzHarvest now operates in more than 10 locations across Australia, with Canberra joining the movement in 2008.

Back in 2008, OzHarvest Canberra’s average weekly yield of rescued food was around 300 kilograms. In September 2018 alone, the team rescued and repurposed over 43 tonnes of food.

Moncho Ramirez, Calos Ramirez, Dave Burnet and John Leverink.

While those numbers give us cause to celebrate, it can be difficult to know how to bolster OzHarvest Canberra as an individual. But now, in partnership with Barton’s historic Hotel Kurrajong, OzHarvest has created the perfect opportunity for Canberrans to show their support.

This Friday 12 April, OzHarvest Canberra and Hotel Kurrajong will be cooking up a storm, pun intended, to raise awareness about food waste as well as valuable funds, with 50% of all ticket sales donated to OzHarvest Canberra.

A decadent night in Hotel Kurrajong’s historic surrounds, guests at the OzHarvest Fundraiser Cocktail Event will be treated to live cooking stations and pop up bars featuring dishes such as pumpkin and sage risotto from a parmesan wheel and red wine-braised Wagyu beef cheek.

Tickets include canapes, the live cooking stations, and a three-hour beverage package.

I can say that I have been prey to throwing out perfectly good food at one time or another but I’ve never really thought about the implications that it truly has on the world. In 2017, the Department of Environment and Energy released a report which estimated that the cost of food waste in the Australian Economy is to be around $20 billion.

Consumers throw away at least 3.1 million tonnes of food and within the commercial and industrial sector they dispose of 2.2 million tonnes per year.

As a society what we fail to realise that of the 5.3 million tonnes that we throw away it does not just impact food waste statistics but our energy, fuel and water – all of which are used in one way or another to grow the food we need. This is where OzHarvest comes in, making a difference for both the planet and our community.

“It’s making a hell of a lot of difference out there,” says Dave Burnet, OzHarvest’s Manager for ACT and Territories. “Not just environmentally. It ends up having great social and health benefits for the community.”

the essentials

What: OzHarvest Fundraiser Cocktail Event
When: Friday 12 April from 5.30 – 8.30 pm
Where: Hotel Kurrajong, 8 National Circuit, Barton
Cost: $90 with 50% of ticket sales donated to OzHarvest
Tickets and more information: or call 6234 4444

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