22 November 2008

Bloggeraid...Because We Can Help

Over the past few weeks and months you have heard bits and pieces of exciting objectives in the works...have you heard the wheels turning from one continent to another? To use Giz own words:

"To say that we live in a time of uncertainty is stating the obvious. As optimistically as we face each day, we are also reminded that our world is taking a bit of a roller coaster ride. In some way, each of us is affected – some, more than others.

Do I want to ring a bell of doom and gloom? Absolutely not!!! What I do want is for us to remember that as food bloggers, the fact that we’re cooking, baking, taking pictures and sharing our creations with one another means that we still have enough food on our tables. How lucky we are!

The concept of “enough food on the table” is certainly not shared by everyone in this world. The aid that was present for many from the “have” countries may not be so readily available. We’ve already seen the price of essentials such as rice and flour soar. If we have little control, imagine what happens to those who were without control to begin with?"

ONE... Our first initiative is the announcement of our Social Network BloggerAid-Changing the Face of Famine

Giz of Equal Opportunity Kitchen and I have decided to join forces and create a concrete force of international bloggers who will stand up to be counted, called Bloggeraid-Changing the Face of Famine. Here foodies and bloggers alike can come together to discuss their ideas, and raise awareness on this key issue. Being a Member or an Ambassador of our social network, you’ll have a place to come to discuss your ideas, get new ideas and answer or ask questions. There is a LIVE CHAT where you will meet all your friends, share your thoughts and discuss everyday matters. If you are interested in joining click on the Badge in the right hand sidebar and get started!!!!!!

Through our efforts we are looking for ambassadors in as many countries as possible to become the representatives of their corner of the world. It’s not necessary to have just one ambassador per country. If you feel you have a contribution to make we really would love to hear from you.

Your contribution as a Member or an Ambassador could be...but not limited to:

1) As simple as raising awareness on your blog for world hunger
2) Hosting an event that connects with this key issue (we have already had several volunteers!!!)
3) Hosting a fundraiser small or large that can generate money for the World Food Programme , the United Nations' frontline agency
4) Drawing media attention to all of our efforts
5) Provide something that can be auctioned through our forum... a cookbook or any other object of your choice that may be for this purpose with proceeds to be noted as a donation by your country (It is exciting to note we already have some donations as well!!!!)
6) Endorsements by people in the food business... chefs, restaurateurs, publishers of cookbooks, critics, online food based programs or communities.

These are just a few thoughts as we are open to all ideas and suggestions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Each of us brings a particular skill or passion to the table as do each of you. What does that mean to each individual blogger? It could mean nothing more than helping create awareness as mentioned previously or it could mean a greater involvement in helping to raise money for the World Food Programme , the United Nations' frontline agency in the fight against global hunger.

We would love you to join us!!!!!!!
TWO...Our second initiative is the brainchild of Giz, of Equal Opportunity Kitchen, who has joined forces with myself Val of More Than Burnt Toast in creating our jewelry line. Our goal is to move toward a more concrete way of helping those who are less fortunate than we are. Specifically, we are working toward raising money for the World Food Programme (WFP). A thank you goes out to Giz for her creative line of bookmarks, key rings and cell phone charms with a foodie based theme. These items can be purchased and sent anywhere in the world. They would make great presents for the holidays! For your convenience, we will be putting up an easy purchase option (PayPal) in a few days. With each purchase, a donation is being deposited to a bank account monitored by Kopiaste, myself and Equal Opportunity Kitchen. These items will be updated regularly so keep coming back to see what’s new here at Giz's site.

For prices, payment and shipping instructions visit Giz here

We'll also keep you posted on how much we're raising.

THREE... Giz is holding this months event Bloggeraid...Because We Can Help. Equal Opportunity Kitchen invites you to lend your support by submitting a recipe that you could feed a hungry guest visiting your home during the holidays.

The post you’re submitting should appear on your blog between today and December 28th. Please include a link to this post as well as the BloggerAid ribbon near the top of this post. If you’d like to participate, just send :

Your name
A picture of your recipe together with the recipe

Email to:bloggeraid(at)gmail(dot)com

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  1. How wonderful Val, the world needs more people like you and Giz and Ivy. I think it's a brilliant idea! It is important awareness and those of making this beautiful food everyday need to grateful we are able too! Thank you!

  2. Great actions! I'll see if I have time to sumit a recipe...



  3. Brilliant idea! I definilty want to be a part of such a wonderful project. I hope that if we all come together we can really make an impact! Many kudos for taking the initative to get something like this going!

  4. Val, this is just so wonderful. What a way to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. I love the Blogger Aid logo, too. I'll think about how I can best contribute to such a great cause!

  5. Noble...we are all very thankful for all that we do have.
    I'll look forward to your recipe Rosa!!
    We are hoping to make a difference Half Baked:Ivy is our technologiocal mastermind behind the logo.

  6. Thanks Val for the lovely post and it's very encouraging to see the support we are getting from all our friends. Thanks also to Noble Pig, Rosa,Half Baked and Paula and hope they'll join us at BloggerAid.

  7. Thanks Val! We may have to steal your component one information for our blog. Very well put.

  8. Val this is such a noble cause.In on board with you guys.

  9. You guys are awesome,I've seen Giz's jewelry and it's beautiful!

  10. well done on the creation of a good cause - anything to provide some relief to people worse off than we are is a good thing

  11. Count me in. This is a very worthwhile cause and I totally support all the efforts to feed hungry people.

  12. Hola Chicas!!!! Dear Val, I would love to be an Ambassador, really... but my English is not high level and sometimes I don't get the meaning of the real thing... It's ok if we talk about cooking but this is a big theme and I don't see myself capable of performing that in my blog.
    I will send recipes and mention your BloggerAid (which I think is a brilliant idea) as much as I can.
    Please don't take me wrong, I think this will be a Beautiful help for the world's hunger.

  13. Ivy we can do this together....all for one and one for all!!
    Thank you for all your help Psychgrad I know you were instrumental in helping your mom fine tune:D
    Thank you N33ma and welcome aboard.
    I love Giz jewelry as well Bunny!
    Thankyou Kiwi Maria:D
    Nice to meet you Gloria!!
    That is all that we ask Nuria. You don't have to make a financial or time commitment... all we ask is for you to spread the word. You are doing an excellent job of that!!

  14. Sis, there's an Award for you on my blog.

  15. Val, you have such a good heart! I am still planning on doing a Breadline for Africa post, and wanted to say something about it in my post today, but I have been so behind recently haven't been able to dedicate enough time towards it. Anyway, after the holiday, I am going to sit down and take a look at all of these interesting bits you have been posting about. I'll be in touch again very soon!

  16. I don’t know on how I stumbled upon this cooking blog., All I know is that I’d better check out the archives for a good read. Ha-ha! Just droppin’ to say hi!
    Oh. You might want to check this out: http://www.technocooks.com for uhm…a different “menu.”

  17. Thank you ladies for not only being committed to your cause, but strong enough to stand up and do something about it. Intentions are one thing, but actions and deeds are another. I hope this project exceeds your expectations.

  18. Great idea. I'm not a food blogger but I do blog a lot about food. I tried to sign up and it locked up my computer so I will try to sign up on my home pc. I'll let you know if I have a problem again. :)

  19. Val, this is such a wonderful, inspiring idea!! Huge kudos to y'all for making such a much needed difference on this planet, and for giving us all a venue in which to join in and participate! I'm so excited!

  20. Thank you for being you and helping the world, we need more people in the world like you!!!!

    I have as yet to answer my email Ivy kindly sent to me regarding Bloggeraid.

    Rosie x

  21. How funny that we posted on the issue of world hunger and the WFP in the same week - great minds really do think alike. I really think that the credit crunch could not have come at a worse time for those in need in the developing world. Those of us in wealthy nations are all (understandably) tightening our belts and I suspect charity donations will be the first thing to suffer. I would be very pleased & proud to be part of this initiative.


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