2013.......Back in Oz ... My SEGA journey continues..... Fundraising: Food Fun!!

How did that happen???
How can nearly 12 months have gone by without having made a blog entry when soooo much has happened and changed!
I will try over the next month to fill in the gaps but for now I want to share with you how I am managing to cope with being home in Australia and so far away from my beloved SEGA girls and life in Tz!

On returning to Australia in March this year I came to live with my darling Mum in Ballarat, Victoria which is the southern most state on the east side of mainland Oz and close to my family!
I became a Nurturing Minds Board Member.... It is such a privilege for me to have joined the people whom I respect so highly. Having worked closely with them during my time at SEGA I know how hard they work to raise money, create awareness and make productive decisions for now and the future of SEGA!!
Bringing SEGA to Oz has been exciting and challenging yet extremely rewarding. I have been able to stay connected with the girls and feel that my time spent 'on the ground' at SEGA is continuing here!

During this time of acclimatising back into my own culture (I don't think I have both my feet back here yet!) I have engaged in two fundraising events; established Aussie pen pals for many of the SEGA girls; printed the Australian versions of our Nurturing Minds brochures....Many, many thanks to Ian Clarke and his printing business:
for donating their expert service and time to Nurturing Minds to make this happen; spoken to numerous classes of Primary and Secondary students and to many, many interested people about my SEGA journey.... and continue to receive generous donations to help educate our girls!

Our First Food Extravaganza Fundraiser

Monday 2nd September, I traveled to Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar Secondary School in Melbourne, where Donna my good friend with whom I had taught for many years, was setting up for our Food Extravaganza Fundraiser. She had secured the School Home Economics room for the function and we worked furiously for 2 solid hours until suddenly it was 6.30pm when our guests arrived and filed into the dining room in excited anticipation of a great night.

Donna had been planning the food side of the night for weeks. Together with the amazing support of the Ivanhoe Info Tech Department who printed the flyer and recipe books; Ivanhoe Grammar management for supporting our event and an extensive repertoire of supportive colleagues and friends, Donna arrived at the set date armed with ingredients purchased with a keen eye to savings.
Donna was demonstrating the main courses and had enlisted two of her current colleagues and our friends, Rong and Liz, to demonstrate entrĂ©e and dessert! 

                             My role was that of sous chef and chief dish washer!!!!..... …..and informant: Intermittently throughout the night, I shared the SEGA story and answered many questions from our very eager and interested guests!
….and so the night unfolded…

With lots of preparation; planning; laughter; team work; cooking…cooking….fixing behind the scenes challenges; creating the atmosphere; demonstrating and distributing each course to the 30 guests; sharing with the very receptive crowd who were acquiring new culinary skills, sipping on quality wine and learning about our beautiful SEGA girls……..

We all had so much fun whilst raising a very impressive $2,000.00 for SEGA!
ASANTE SANA.... THANKS HEAPS.... everyone involved for your generosity... 
you are THE BEST!
We were very happy with the outcome of our inaugural culinary event…. We have already started planning and refining how we can make next year’s event even better and more lucrative!

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