Charities around the country have been hit especially hard by the pandemic, with fundraisers and events shut down for the past few months, meaning that many are struggling to keep their services going during these trying times. One such charity is the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC).
Around this time every year Joseph Supple, also known as Miss Candy, hosts the Annual International Charity Fashion Launch. This event is usually full of good food, high fashion and lots of fun, and has raised over €2.5 million for DRCC in the 25 years since its inception. Of course, due to the ongoing crisis, all such events have been cancelled, resulting in a devastating loss of revenue for this amazing charity.
Thankfully, Joseph quickly pivoted the event and created an all-new fundraiser: Cook Up A Storm. This online fundraiser will take place over four weeks and is headed by Michelin-starred chef Derry Clarke of l'Ecrivain and his wife and business partner Sallyanne.
Cook Up A Storm will see Derry Clarke share some of his favourite recipes online each week, sharing videos to his Facebook page and the DRCC's Facebook page. Some of the nation's favourite personalities will also be taking part, including Tracey Clifford, Dylan Bradshaw, Rebecca Storm and more, sharing videos of their favourite recipes online. The team hopes that the videos will encourage people all across Ireland to share videos of their own recipes online and donate to the DRCC before nominating five of their friends to do the same.
Those who donate and interact with the campaign will be in with the chance to win some amazing prizes, including a €500 Blue Book voucher, a €200 l'Ecrivain voucher, a stay at home supper for four people from Suesey Street and much more. If you're not too confident in your culinary abilities, you can still donate to the campaign here.
Speaking about the campaign, organiser Joseph Supple said that he hoped this campaign would garner as much support as the usual fashion lunch.
“While I am truly devastated that my 25th Annual International Fashion Lunch has to be cancelled this year due to COVID-19, I am delighted to garner the ongoing support of so many friends and businesses and bring Cook Up A Storm to fruition," he told us. "The focus now is on making this campaign as successful as our sell-out fashion lunch is each year, to provide a stopgap for 2020 to ensure we generate these vital funds for the charity and allow them to continue their ongoing work and support of victims of sexual assault and rape.”
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Cook up a Storm is now live! Join Ireland's top foodies as they share their fave recipes and encourage you to do the same— Dublin Rape Crisis (@DublinRCC) May 25, 2020
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Noeline Blackwell, CEO of the DRCC, echoed these statements, highlighting how important public donations are to the charity.
“Miss Candy's splendid Cook Up A Storm fundraiser is truly vital for us in this year when so much of our public fundraising had to be abandoned or put on hold because of COVID19. We always need public generosity to keep vital services going for those who have experienced rape and other sexual abuse," she said. "This year, we have heard from victims of sexual violence who are deeply traumatised by isolation, loneliness and the lack of their normal supports and escape routes. We expect that we will hear from even more than before when restrictions ease. We are glad that we have been able to keep services going steadily throughout the lockdown but we worry about the funding we will need to continue to do that. That's why this fundraiser is more important than ever and we thank Miss Candy for this fabulous glamorous alternative event.”
To take part in this important fundraiser, visit the DRCC Facebook page and follow the links to donate. You can also keep up with the campaign on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CookWithDRCC. Click here to donate.