Thursday, November 20, 2008

BloggerAid: Because We Can Help


To say that we live in a time of uncertainty is stating the obvious. As optimistically as we face each day, we are also reminded that our world is taking a bit of a roller coaster ride. In some way, each of us is affected – some, more than others.

Do I want to ring a bell of doom and gloom? Absolutely not!!! What I do want is for us to remember that as food bloggers, the fact that we’re cooking, baking, taking pictures and sharing our creations with one another means that we still have enough food on our tables. How lucky we are!

The concept of “enough food on the table” is certainly not shared by everyone in this world. The aid that was present for many from the “have” countries may not be so readily available. We’ve already seen the price of essentials such as rice and flour soar. If we have little control, imagine what happens to those who were without control to begin with?

Ivy from Kopiaste, Val from More Than Burnt and Equal Opportunity Kitchen have decided to join forces and create a concrete force of international bloggers who will stand up to be counted, called BloggerAid.

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Each of us brings a particular skill or passion to the table as do each of you. What does that mean to each individual blogger? It could mean nothing more than helping create awareness or it could mean a greater involvement in helping to raise money for the World Food Programme , the United Nations' frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. We want you to join us. We have several ideas in mind. Below are just a couple of them.

How to make a difference:

You’ve already seen Ivy and Val sponsor events for World Food Day in which they put out a call for a conga line to feed the world. Bloggers were invited to submit a recipe and picture that could feed at least 6 at the end of which the hope was to virtually feed a town, a city, a country or as far as the food could stretch. Ivy followed up with an event to express gratitude.

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Now Equal Opportunity Kitchen invites you to BloggerAid: Because We Can Help; an event that has the specific theme of creating awareness about food hunger.

Beginning today and ending at midnight on December 28th, we are inviting you to lend your support by submitting a recipe that you would feed a hungry guest visiting your home during the holidays.

E-mail us at: bloggeraid (at) gmail (dot) com
Send us your name
Your blog name
The URL to your post

The post you’re submitting should appear on your blog between today and December 28th. Please include a link to this post as well as the BloggerAid ribbon near the top of this post. However, it’s not imperative that you have a blog. If you’d like to participate, just send :

Your name
A picture of your recipe together with the recipe

Email to:bloggeraid(at)gmail(dot)com

Now - for the more concrete part…

Our goal is also to move toward a more concrete way of helping those who are less fortunate than we are. Specifically, we are working toward raising money for the World Food Programme (WFP).

You will notice several gift items at the bottom of this post. We will be selling items created by Giz. These items can be purchased from and sent anywhere in the world. They would make for great presents for the holidays! For your convenience, we will be putting up an easy purchase option (PayPal) in a few days. With each purchase, a donation is being deposited to a bank account monitored by Kopiaste, More Than Burnt Toast and Equal Opportunity Kitchen. These items will be updated regularly so keep coming back to see what’s new. We'll also keep you posted on how much we're raising. We CAN help change the world.

Here are samples of the current products available (prices are listed in Canadian dollars):

Keychain: $5.00*

(available in gold or silver peuter)

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Cell Phone Accessory: $8.00*

(colour customization is available)

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Bookmarks: $12.00*

(colour customization is available)

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Yes – food-themed charms are available! We’ll let you know as soon as PayPal is up and running. If you know anyone that might be interested in these products, please help us by passing the link to this post around ! Feel free to contact Giz at gizmar1(at)hotmail(dot)com if you have any questions.


*Additional shipping charges apply. They're all light weight products so shipping should be minimal. StumbleUpon

17 comments:

canarygirl said...

What a great idea!! I'm interested in buying some goodies! Let me know when paypal is up and running. Also, I'll post on my page about this soon (not today, Ihave Thanksgiving at my place! :) ) My email is canarygirl (at) canarygirl (dot) com

OhioMom said...

Great idea Giz, I will see what I can come up with.

Ricki said...

Wonderful idea! I'll start digging and find something to submit!

kat said...

What a great idea!

Bunny said...

Your awesome! I want the key chain, will you have how much they are in US dollars I hope!!?? I will submit a recipe Giz.

FOODalogue: Meandering Meals and Travels said...

I have been corresponding with Ivy about participating in this effort on my blog...and I would be interested in purchasing some of the goodies when paypal is up and going.

Mrs. L said...

I love the food bookmarks! Off to tell family and friends (and drop a big hint about me needing these!)

Ivy said...

The gifts are beautiful Giz and I will order some to make some presents for friends and family.

Bellini Valli said...

I am looking forward to your roundup Giz and the initiatives we have started together. Raising awareness is a good beginning for everyone:D Well said!!

Gloria Chadwick said...

I love the idea of Blogger Aid. I just found out about it today and joined. I'll be blogging about it (at Cookbook Cuisine) and participating in the events. BTW, Thanks for "friending" me.

alexandra's kitchen said...

What a great idea. I am definitely going to participate. Thank you to you, Val and Ivy for your initiative!

Rachel said...

Just joined Blogger Aid and am looking forward to coming up with a recipe for this great event.

Navita said...

Giz, I stumbled upon ur blog...new here..couldn't help participating..will send in a recipe soon.
Also, congratulations on the effort...u have my support!:)

Navita said...

http://cooking-up-a-storm-zaayeka.blogspot.com/2008/12/daal-makhaani-lentils-in-creamy-sauce.html
my entry!

janetching said...

Hi there, what a meaningful event. I have a question, do you mean the recipe has to be enough for 6 years old or 6 persons. Sorry I was too clear. Can you email to jswching@gmail.com

Jeanne said...

Just seen this over on Deeba's blog and I already know what I'm going to make! Thanks for hosting and keeping the issue of hunger in the public eye.

KC said...

This is a wonderful idea. I'm sorry I missed it. Hope you'll have i again next year.

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