Dining to make a difference

CAMP Quality’s Dine at Mine campaign is back for a third year, encouraging all foodies to pop on their chef’s hat and host their own personalised dining experience to support children and families living with cancer.

The idea is simple – for the months of August and September hosts can invite their family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues to a unique and personal dining experience and ask them to make a donation to Camp Quality for their meal.

Camp Quality national marketing manager Jana Ayre said Dine at Mine was its major national campaign and the perfect excuse to “share a meal with your favourite people.”

“It is designed for people to make it what they want, be it a dinner at home, a simple lunch with friends, a themed fiesta in the office or a barbecue at the footy,” she said.

“It’s about people choosing a style that best suits their lifestyle, preference and budget.”

West Hobart resident Debbie Crawford will be participating in the campaign for the first time this year and plans to host a fresh Tasmanian produce themed dinner party on Saturday 5 September.

“I have a very large vegetable garden and love growing and making my own produce,” Ms Crawford said.

“I plan to have up to 20 people attend and I am also going to try and seek some donations of Tasmanian produce for the night.

“Ideally, I would like to raise more than $500.”

Ms Crawford said she has always been interested in cooking and that her desire to enter the campaign was sparked after losing her sister to cancer.

“Just as hard as watching my sister die was to watch my mother lose a daughter and that is when I became interested in Camp Quality and what they do,” she said.

“We were able to help my sister live her bucket list, but this is often not the case for a family of a child who is dying.

“I saw Dine at Mine as something I could do to make a difference.”

As the Dine at Mine campaign enters its third year, almost $550,000 has already been raised.

Ms Ayre said Camp Quality hoped to raise an additional $350,000 during the 2015 campaign.

“$350,000 will enable 270 kids to attend a camp,” she said.

“This will allow Camp Quality to deliver essential services that provide a better quality of life to more children living with cancer and their families.

“Based on the growing success each year, we hope to again re-launch the Dine at Mine campaign for 2016.”

To find out more information or to register to join Dine at Mine, visit www.dineatmine.org.au.

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