Oxfam asking local restaurants to help tackle famine in East Africa

Media Releases article written on the 23 Sep 2011

Oxfam Australia is calling on local restaurants to help tackle the devastating food crisis in the Horn of Africa by getting behind the international aid agency’s national fundraiser Shout the Horn on World Food Day in October.

On Sunday October 16, Oxfam is asking Australians to dine out with friends and ‘shout’ the cost of an extra meal by making a donation at participating restaurants to Oxfam Australia’s East Africa appeal.

A number of high profile major restaurants have already signed up to take part and Oxfam is now looking to get more restaurants on board. Restaurants simply register online and encourage patrons to donate on the day.

Oxfam Australia Executive Director Andrew Hewett said Shout the Horn offered Australians a unique opportunity to dine at their favorite restaurants while helping a good cause.

“We want Australians to eat local to help global on Sunday 16 October and have a great time while helping others.

“We’re looking for as many restaurants as possible to put their hands up to get involved for a worthwhile cause,” Mr Hewett said.

Several high profile figures from the food world have already lent their support, including former MasterChef winner, Julie Goodwin.

“Across the Horn of Africa, 13.5 million people are at risk of hunger. Some areas of Southern Somalia have already been declared a famine. But it doesn’t have to be like this which is why I’m encouraging you to ‘Shout the Horn’ on World Food Day, Sunday October 16.”

Highly-acclaimed chef at Sydney’s Red Lantern Mark Jensen is also encouraging Australians to get on board.

“I’m joining Oxfam and asking you to Shout the Horn on Sunday October 16, by sharing a meal or dining out at a participating restaurant and making a donation to help Oxfam respond to this devastating food crisis in the Horn of Africa, ” Mr Jensen said.

Oxfam is on the ground in several affected regions in the Horn of Africa. Working with local partners, the international aid agency is already reaching one million people, and aiming to reach a further 2.5 million with emergency relief, such as essential food, water and sanitation.

If you are a restaurant owner, or you want to encourage your favourite local restaurant to take part, visit www.oxfam.org.au/shoutthehorn for details.

For further media information, please contact Oxfam Australia Media Coordinator Sunita Bose on 0407 555 960.