LEADING Australian chef Matt Moran of Sydney’s ARIA Restaurant will be in Coffs next month to prepare a special dinner to help raise funds for an orphanage in Kenya.
Matt is supporting the GJ Gardner Kitale Family House of Hope orphanage appeal on March 16 where Coffs Coast residents can sample dining at its very best.
The builder is raising funds for bedding, school desks, books and general everyday needs for the 40-plus orphans.
Moran, who is well known for his roles on The Chopping Block and Masterchef, is supporting GJ Gardner in their vital ongoing commitment to the orphanage.
“When The Kitale Family House of Hope project started in 2008, these orphans had virtually nothing and we have really come a long way since then,” said GJ Gardner director Anthony Moran.
“But there are still some basic requirements they need for their schooling and to enhance their quality of life.”
“We hope to raise $40,000 on the night which will make an amazing difference to the day-to-day lives of these gorgeous kids who have been through so much in their short lives.”
The evening, titled ‘Karibu’which is Kenyan for welcome, will feature a raft of African entertainment and exquisite cuisine with Matt Moran as head chef – all monies raised going directly to the orphanage.
Hospitality students from the Coffs Harbour Education Campus of TAFE will be involved in the preparation and food service on the evening.
GJ Gardner Homes in Coffs Harbour is one of 12 franchisees who have helped raise $120,000 to purchase land in Kitale, Kenya and to re-house the orphans – most whose parents have died of AIDS.
The event takes place at the TAFE NSW training restaurant, Coffs Harbour Education Campus, Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour, on Tuesday, March 16. Tables of 10 available. Go to www.stickytickets.com.au for details.