The Big Lunch raises $27,000 for South Australia

30 July 2018 Magazine

The Big Lunch raises $27,000 for South Australia

On Sunday we held a special event in Adelaide called The Big Lunch and raised an amazing $27,000 for The Big Issue in South Australia.

Hundreds of generous guests helped us to smash our $20,000 fundraising target and set a record for the event.

The funds raised will support The Big Issue's work in SA, so we can keep providing vital support and training to Big Issue street vendors.

The Big Lunch, held at the iconic Adelaide Central Market and hosted by much-loved media personality Amanda Blair, is a celebration of SA food and wine, with quality produce donated from market stall holders and local businesses.

Celebrity chef Simon Bryant, Hilton Adelaide executive chef Christian Jensen and My Kitchen Rules star Bree May joined forces to make the gourmet, four-course feast.

But the real reason everyone came together was to support local Big Issue vendors like Ron and Daniel (pictured above).

Vendor Ron got on stage to share his story with the audience while vendor Daniel visited each table. You can read Ron's full story online as part of our Meet Your Vendor series. 

In the eight years of The Big Lunch, the community has raised more than $165,000 for homeless, disadvantaged and marginalised people in SA.

Thanks to all our supporters who helped make the event an incredible success: Adelaide Central Market, Atlas Event and Party Hire, Australia Hotels Association (SA), AV Style, Barker Boy Fresh, Barossa Fine Foods, Bully’s Meats, Central Market Arcade, Design by Carollyn Kavanagh, dirt(y) inc, Earth Eggs, Elgas, FIVEaa, Goodies & Grains, Greenwheat Freekeh, Hilton Adelaide, House of Organics, LOBO Cider, Lucia’s Fine Foods, Mountain Fresh Fruit Juices, Mushroom Man’s Mushroom Shop, Ready Bake, Sounds Continental, Splitrock and Tiro, TAFE SA, TK Print, The Body Shop, The Smelly Cheese Shop, The Yoghurt Shop, Vale Brewing, Wilson Security, Yalumba and Zippy’s Cleaning.

Photographs: Craig Arnold

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