Wednesday, 13 July 2011

FareShare North West goes bananas

FareShare North West Zip Slide

Gone bananas? Take a leap to help end food poverty in the North West Last few places only £50!

On Saturday 16th July FareShare NW and 100+ friends are leaping off the Imperial War Museum North for fun and to support those in need! From 10 – 5pm The Zip Slide from 30m high tower at the Imperial War Museum will go 250m across the Ship Canal and Salford Quays landing at the Lowry.
The Zip Slide Challenge is open to anyone wishing to take part and 100 more people are needed to help raise funds to help combat food poverty locally; time slots are being allocated on registration. Monies raised will directly help FareShare NW to divert in-date surplus food donated by the food industry to assist the poorest communities. The last remaining Zip Slide places are only £50 each (or raise this in sponsorship). For more info/register as soon as possible via our website: or just turn up and pay on the day! (If you want a specific time slot, better to book in advance).
There will also be ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ themed cookery demonstrations by Robert Owen Brown (Head Chef, Mark Addy), Dave Lythall (Head Chef, Lime) and Cracking Good Food, a local charity promoting healthy sustainable eating. And don’t miss out on your free banana - awarded to all Zip Slide Challenge Heroes! J

FareShare NW Director Lucy Danger commented: “Diverting edible food from landfill and helping to alleviate food poverty is a no-brainer! We’re running this exciting Zip Slide Challenge to give 200 people an opportunity to have fun whilst helping us to do more to help those in food poverty locally.”
Many members of the public, organisations and businesses have already signed up for the Zip Slide, including Manchester’s famous pub-restaurant The Mark Addy and Lime on Salford Quays. They believe that FareShare is a great charity, addressing two of the UK’s most urgent issues: waste and food poverty.
Rob Owen Brown, Head Chef of The Mark Addy said: "It’s nonsensical. But the fact is, perfectly good food ends up going in the bin when it doesn’t need to and something needs to be done about it."

“Being a chef you’re on the front line of food wastage.” Rob explains, “We’ve all been guilty of it, but by supporting FareShare and raising awareness of what this fantastic charity does, I’m just doing my little bit – everyone should!”

All companies taking part will be promoted via FareShare North West’s dedicated ‘thank you’ web page.
This Zip Slide Challenge is to raise funds for FareShare North West, a charitable scheme redistributing surplus in-date food to people in food poverty in the North West region. Many communities in the North West have high levels of unemployment and low-income households. Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool have the highest number of children living in poverty in the UK. Organisations such as Cornerstones providing hot meals to people on very low incomes in Moss Side, Mustard Tree who operate a soup run for the homeless and the George House Trust who help refugees, are typical beneficiaries of FareShare; other examples include hostels, school breakfast and after school clubs in deprived areas, day centres for the sick, elderly and infirm, organisations helping the vulnerable and those in poverty.

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