Three Australians of the Year to host dinner

Posted by Josette Dunn on 27th September 2010

On Monday, 11 October 2010 three Australians of the Year for 2010 will host a once-in-a-lifetime dinner in Sydney – Nourish.Held at b2 Studios in Alexandria, Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry will challenge and nourish your mind, Senior Australian of the Year Maggie Beer will nourish your body and Ronni Kahn, Local Hero for 2010, and founding director of renowned food rescue charity, OzHarvest, will nourish your soul.

This will be a night that will celebrate the extraordinary and all proceeds will go to food rescue charity, OzHarvest, which just last week delivered its six millionth meal.

OzHarvest is a not-for-profit organisation that rescues unwanted food from restaurants, retailers, food outlets and corporate kitchens across Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Wollongong and Adelaide, distributing it to charities and homeless shelters daily. OzHarvest also diverts good food from ending up as landfill.

Not only will all the profits from Nourish help go to feed more hungry Australians, the dinner is also set to highlight the social issues associated with food insecurity. The month of October is Mental Health Month and Nourish hopes to emphasise how important it is for the body, mind and the soul to have access to good food, to eat well and regularly.

Australian of the Year and advocate for mental health reform, Professor Patrick McGorry said: “Mental ill health is one of the main health challenges for young people as it threatens not only their minds but also their physicality and well being. So it really is a case of ‘healthy mind, healthy body.’ Good nutrition and a loving environment with friends and family are the perfect insurance policy for good mental health and well being. Nourish blends all these ingredients in a potent message to all Australians during Mental Health Month.”

OzHarvest founding director, Ronni Kahn said: “It is wonderful how Maggie, Pat and I all share the same values and are so passionate about these issues. We are determined to push the agenda of getting good food onto the tables of all Australians – food is so important for a healthy body and mind.”

Senior Australian of the Year, Maggie Beer said: “As a cook, farmer and food producer putting good food on tables and minimising waste is just so important to me. Together with Pat and Ronni, events such as Nourish allow us to stand on our soap box and shout about these issues, and in particular mental health and wellbeing.”

WHAT: Nourish

WHEN: Monday, 11 October from 7pm

WHERE: b2 Studios, Unit 2, 46-62 Maddox Street, Alexandria

BOOKINGS: $185 per person, www.ozharvest.org, 02 9516 3877, kim.morris@ozharvest.org