Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Call to Arms - Anzacs for Anzac Day

Call to Arms - Anzacs for Anzac Day

“Anzac is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds.”

~Sir William Deane

Thousands of Anzac biscuits and fruit cakes have made their way around drought affected Queensland and into the mailboxes of farming families. These anonymous gifts of baked love made by ordinary Queenslanders during February and March sent the message to farmers that we are thinking of you, and we care. 

With nearly 90% of the state now drought-declared, it is time again to show our farmers the spirit of mateship and let them know we care. “This is a call to arms, a call to bake, a call to launch your own branch of Baked Relief, to once again rally and support our farmers,” Baked Relief founder Danielle Crismani explained.

We have seen over the past few months what a profound impact the simple act of home baking can have. Each item, wrapped with paper or ribbons, carried a hand written note, and with it best wishes from the city to the bush. “This isn’t about feeding tummies, this is about feeding hearts,” Danielle says.

As Anzac day approaches we reflect that drought may not be war but for farmers in 90% of the state of Queensland now drought declared, it is a battle of survival. It is a relentless struggle and we want to show them we care.
Now Baked Relief is encouraging people to bake Anzac biscuits for Anzac Day and include a personal note to a farming family. 

For Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Anzacs and fruit cakes can be dropped off to selected locations on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th April 2014.  These will be distributed to the farming community via the Queensland Rural, Regional & Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN).

In other regions around Queensland Baked Relief is looking to recruit volunteers to manage Baked Relief branches that respond to local needs.
For more information on how you can get involved, visit Baked Relief on Facebook,  or  and join the conversation on twitter via #lovetothewest #bakedrelief.

Media Contacts:

Baked Relief                             
Danielle Crismani                      
Georgie Somerset
0428 390 984    

Baked Relief is a direct giving network founded by Danielle Crismani after severe flooding devastated parts of Queensland, Australia. Initially providing baked goods to State Emergency Services volunteers who were sandbagging around Brisbane the direct giving network continues to grow and help families affected by natural disasters mainly in Queensland and at times interstate and internationally.

QRRRWN (Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network: you say it Q-wren) is a not-for-profit organisation with a twenty year track record of providing personal and professional development opportunities to connect women right across the state.  QRRRWN connects women to opportunities to learn, to share their knowledge and experience, to mentor and support each other and to connect more effectively and powerfully with industry, with business and with government.

Image courtesy of Qld Country Life
Article HERE

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