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Chefs Long Table Lunch ensures thousands of dollars flow back into the SW community

2014 CLTL Beneficiaries receive fundsRepresentatives from seven SW organisations gather to receive funds from the Chefs Long Table Lunch Committee

Much needed replacement furniture for Bunbury Senior Citizens, programs to curb teenage bullying and healing camps for people affected by childhood trauma are just some of the many projects to receive funding from the 2014 Chefs Long Table Lunch (CLTL).

A total of seven beneficiaries shared in nearly $108,000 after the 11th annual successful and popular South West charity event.

The following charity or not for profit organisations will receive beneficiary cheques totalling $107,742 at Bunbury’s Vat2 on Thursday 27th March, 2014:

  • Bunbury Meals on Wheels & Senior Citizens’ Association
  • BUZ – Nurture Works
  • Heal For Life Foundation
  • Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
  • Bunbury Sea Rescue
  • City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club
  • Milligan Learning & Resource Centre - Community Soccer

Over the past 11 years the Chefs Long Table Lunch has distributed just over $700,000 to more than 40 community beneficiaries.

CLTL media and marketing coordinator Genine Unsworth said strict selection criteria means that organisations must guarantee that CLTL beneficiary funds remain in the South West. In addition, projects funded by CLTL must make a valuable contribution to the lives of local people and encourage strong communities and families.

“Charity and not for profit organizations are encouraged to apply for annual grants between 1,000 and up to 70,000 dollars. This is a fantastic way for small or large organizations to develop and improve their South West facilities and services”, Ms Unsworth said.

“The success of the annual CLTL can be attributed to the hundreds of people who volunteer their time, fresh produce, wine and infrastructure for this outstanding local event.

The event, which also relies heavily on community partnerships and sponsorships, is extremely grateful for the valuable support it receives from local businesses and organizations.”

Many local volunteers, including local students wishing to increase their voluntary service hours, donate their time to assist with event set up and set down, food service, raffle and auction procedures.

“Some of our volunteers have been volunteering with this event every year since its inception in 2004”, Ms Unsworth said.

In 2015, a team of top West Australian chefs, including popular celebrity chef Don Hancey and local chef Tania Kershaw, will again be charged with preparing an all-inclusive eight course food and wine spectacle for more than 550 paying guests – always the ‘last Sunday in February’ on Bunbury’s Pat Usher Foreshore.

Charity and not for profit groups are encouraged to apply for CLTL funding when applications open mid-year. Forms for 2015 beneficiary funds can be downloaded from the CLTL web page at www.chefslongtable.com.au

Media Contact Genine Unsworth 0407 478 433