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A New Charity for Andrews

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Week 4, Term One, 2019

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This year, Andrews House begun an exciting new partnership with OzHarvest. Our previous House charity, Still I Rise had reached their goals and wound up in 2018 providing us with an opportunity to help another organisation.

With their bright yellow theming and their already strong relationship with Somerset College, the Andrews House Leadership Team thought OzHarvest would be a perfect fit for our House.

Accompanied by our Head of House, Ms Lee, we were fortunate to attend a breakfast at Oz Harvest’s new premises in Surfers Paradise and meet the founder of the organisation, Ronni Kahn, the morning of Friday 15 February. It was a perfect opportunity for us as the Andrews House Captains to learn a little bit more about this wonderful organisation and the fantastic work they do in the community.

At this breakfast we heard from founder Ronni Kahn about how far OzHarvest has come since she founded it 15 years ago. Ronni Kahn founded OzHarvest in 2004 after noticing the huge volume of good food from the hospitality industry going to waste. She decided there had to be a better way and starting her mission in Sydney with one van she delivered 4,000 meals in the first month. Since its humble beginnings, OzHarvest has seen extensive growth and is now Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1300 charities supporting people in need across the country. OzHarvest now operates nationally, rescuing over 180 tonnes of food each week from over 3,500 food donors including supermarkets, hotels, airports, wholesalers, farmers, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms.

Hearing Ronni speak about some of the goals OzHarvest has for the future and not only reducing food waste in our country, but globally, as well as increasing education and awareness was a truly enlightening experience for us. We, as Andrews House, are extremely excited to commence our relationship with OzHarvest for the coming years as we believe we can make a great difference. OzHarvest is a great fit for our House and not just because of its signature colour, yellow!

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