Chow Downs cookbook
Compiled by members and friends of the UpsideDowns Education Trust – a charity which helps Kiwi kids with Down syndrome learn to speak, read and write – Chow Downs: Recipes from the Down Syndrome Community of Aotearoa is a cookbook that features 50 family-friendly recipes, ranging from bliss balls to burgers. The recipe book also features dishes from celebrity guests Mike McRoberts, Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, and Leisel Shepherd and a special te reo Māori recipe, made in collaboration with Garden to Table.
100 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of the book support the education of Kiwi kids with Down syndrome. Order your copy here.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month and there are plenty of ways to raise awareness and funds for vital breast cancer research. Grab a bucket and join thousands of volunteers for the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal on 28-29 October across New Zealand. The Pink Ribbon Walk also kicks off this month, starting in Christchurch on 30 October, and across supermarkets and stores you can purchase Pink Products from generous sponsors including Estée Lauder, ghd and Griffin’s with portions of the sales going towards Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s life-saving work.
Visit breastcancerfoundation.org.nz to see all the different ways you can get involved.
Award-winning gin maker, The Botanist, has launched a special spring-inspired initiative to raise awareness of sustainable growing practices in Aotearoa. For the month of October, The Botanist is partnering with local bars to raise funds for community gardens in Auckland (Kelmarna Gardens), Wellington (Inner Most Gardens) and Christchurch (Roimata Food Commons). All you have to do is head along to one of the bars and purchase a Botanist Gin drink and $5 will be donated to their local community garden.
Some of participating bars include Palmer, Parasol & Swing, Dirty Little Secret, LuLu Bar, and The Old Vicarage. To see the full list, visit hancocks.co.nz/botanistginnz
After its success in Australia, the US and UK, GiveOUT Day is launched in Aotearoa for the first time. Led by the Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust, the fundraising campaign is an online peer-to-peer platform that connects donors with 25 rainbow organisations from around the country.
GiveOUT Day NZ kicks off on Thursday 20 October and money raised will go towards supporting the welfare and success of a vibrant LGBTTQIA+ community. Visit rainbownzcharitabletrust.org.nz
Dress for Success