Beneficiaries are selected by the Chefs Long Table Charity Lunch Committee prior to each annual lunch.
The following beneficiaries have been selected in recognition of their potential to make positive life-changing differences to people living in the South West region.
Beneficiary programs encompass many of the following attributes:
- improving mental health, social and emotional well-being
- enabling the expression of emotions in a healthy constructive way
- improving interpersonal relationships and building trust
- creating a connected, compassionate, caring community
- improving communication skills and sharing
- enriching the lives of particular people in the community
This year’s recipients are:
SOUTH WEST WOMEN’S HEALTH & INFORMATION CENTRE
Our centre promotes and supports women’s emotional, physical, mental and social health and wellbeing. Have a look at what we do.
To assist in the annual running of the new Van Health Hub, a coffee van that also serves as a referral pathway and provides information to women.
SOUTH WEST REFUGE
To enable women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence to stay safely in their homes. The Safe at Home Program is a homelessness prevention strategy which is underpinned by the injustice in the expectation that women should be forced to leave their home to escape violence. Safe at Hone workers carry out risk assessments, help with safety planning for the home and community and complete security audits of women’s homes including lock changes, security lighting, personal safety devices, alarms and surveillance cameras.
To install roller-shutters to increase security for local women and their families.
DOORS WIDE OPEN
We are a not-for-profit organisation providing support to those recovering from methamphetamine and other addictions and offering assistance to those supporting them through the recovery journey.
To replace commercial oven and improve kitchen to cater for events, hold classes and prepare food for people experiencing homelessness.
PREGNANCY ASSISTANCE BUNBURY
Pregnancy Assistance Bunbury operates as a charitable agency of the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury, providing services for expectant and new mums.
To fund the purchase of nappy bags and contents which are essential items for new mums in need.
ROTARY SAIL INTO LIFE
To enable the continuation of the provision of fishing and sailing activities in a safe, fun and supportive environment for people of all ages, regardless of their abilities.
To purchase new sails for three boats to participants can continue to enjoy the freedom of being on water.
GOOMBURRUP ABORIGINAL CORPORATION
Goomburrup Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) is the oldest Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation in the South West and has operated since 1971. It provides a place of belonging, connection and safety for Aboriginal people in Bunbury and the South West.
To upgrade cookware and purchase applicances to assist in preparing cooked meals for community members attending our Yorga’s (Women’s) program, Mooditj Maaman (Men’s program) and Elders’ program.
BUNBURY DISTRICT LITTLE ATHLETICS CLUB
The foundation sports for all sports, we teach kids from 5-16 how to run, jump and throw with fun!
To purchase new equipment for junior athletes which will be used by club members and schools during sports carnivals.
TUART FOREST TOY LIBRARY
We are a community toy library, running from Gelorup Community Centre. We are a volunteer run non-profit organisation. We lend toys, games, puzzles, costumes, etc to local families.
To purchase more toys as the membership base of the library is growing.
BUNBURY VOLUNTEER BUSHFIRE BRIGADE
The Bunbury Bush Fire Brigade attends fires all around the state from Eneabba to Roleystone, from Lake Clifton to Bridgetown as well as protecting the Bunbury community.
To create an outdoor space for volunteers to be able to debrief, recover and spend time with other members for self-care during and/or after significant event.
CELEBRATING SUPPORTING OVER 100 CHARITABLE PROJECTS
IN BUNBURY AND THE SOUTH WEST
In the 20 years of Chefs Long Table Charity Luncheons, Beneficiaries have shared in $1,183,872- (an av. $60,204 p.a.) that our community has helped raise to assist 72 Charitable Organisations introduce over 100 projects they have identified as needed in Bunbury and South West local and regional communities.
New Community Grants for South West Community Grants and Applications
Over 120 volunteers are needed to help stage this premier charitable event each year for the expected 600 guests. In celebrating the 17th anniversary lunch in 2020, the Chefs Long Table Charity Lunch wants to share the benefits with Clubs and Organisations who provide teams of volunteers to take responsibility for tasks including assisting with placing marquees and equipment, dressing tables, serving food and beverages and behind the scenes with clearing and cleaning dishes.
Grants of $250 to $1,500 are offered. Expressions of Interest are invited and close in November each year.
These volunteers would be additional to the many individual volunteers who return year after year to ensure the success of this iconic event.
Objects of the Chefs Long Table Charity Lunch Committee guide the Committee in selecting beneficiaries to receive funding raised at each annual luncheon.
(1) The objects of the Association are:
(a) To provide an annual charity luncheon that benefits:
(i) A major beneficiary being a charitable incorporated organisation in the South West of Western Australia with an identifiable project; and/or
(ii) Minor beneficiaries being small charitable organisations with identifiable projects, and from time to time, at the discretion of the Committee, any person or person with a particular need;
(iii) From time to time, at the discretion of the Committee, a catering and hospitality scholarship to enable
an outstanding apprentice chef to gain experience that might otherwise be beyond their reach.
(iv) From time to time, at the discretion of the Committee, a public purpose.
(b) To foster sustainable communities.
(c) To showcase award winning chefs and enable them to contribute to the enhancement of community life.
(d) To celebrate and partake in the extensive range of top quality produce and premium wines of our region.
(e) To bring together a team of volunteers, sponsors, suppliers and supporters for an event that benefits
the greater community.
(f) To enhance the quality of life within the South West of Western Australia by strengthening our
communities through charity in action.
(g) To raise the profile of charitable organisations, increasing the general community awareness of their
specific projects and needs through promotion and marketing.