BP Australia President Andy Holmes went up against OzHarvest CEO and founder Ronni Kahn in a cooking challenge to raise awareness and funds for OzHarvest’s upcoming CEO CookOff 2018.
The challenge, in the style of television’s Ready Steady Cook, launched BP’s fundraising campaign, which is aimed at raising more than $50,000 to help provide more than 100,000 meals to people in need.
Ms Kahn says the charities’ partnership with BP not only supports food-rescue operations by fuelling the fleet of refrigerated vehicles around the country, but its added financial support is also vital to staging the annual fundraising event.
“The CEO CookOff is our flagship fundraiser and, thanks to BP, we can create a truly magical experience for over 1,000 vulnerable people, who are treated to a gourmet dinner created by top chefs and CEOs from across Australia,” she said. “BP is leading the charge as the presenting event partner and with Andy’s fundraising goal.”
Mr Holmes kick-started the fundraising efforts as he cooked alongside MasterChef Australia 2017 winner Diana Chan for a team of BP staff members.
BP’s partnership with OzHarvest and the CEO CookOff is supported by Mr Holmes, who will represent the company at the main event in March.
“The BP team is proud to support the incredible work of OzHarvest,” he said. “We’re also committed to expand the BP food-rescue network over time and reduce food wastage at our sites. Last year’s CEO CookOff was such a great experience, I’d encourage other CEOs and business leaders to get involved.”
The OzHarvest CEO CookOff 2018 will be held on March 19 at the Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney.
All funds raised by Melbourne-based participants will contribute to OzHarvest’s food rescue in Melbourne, which provides meals to 115 charity agencies across the city.