‘Australia is known for its vibrant food
culture,’ said Thérèse. ‘OnePlate is about
tapping into that and giving Australians
the opportunity to make a difference in
the lives of these street children.’
Manila is just an eight-hour flight away,
but the streets bear little resemblance
to those in Australia. Thérèse saw the
challenge in making the plight of Manila’s
street children real to Australians.
The word ‘charity’ is associated with
‘giving’, but the primary concept of
charity is love (‘caritas’ is Latin for ‘love’).
Charity is about stepping outside of
oneself, going above and beyond.
‘By the simple act of choosing to eat out
at a OnePlate restaurant,’ said Thérèse,
‘Australian food culture can be gradually
transformed into an act of giving, one
plate at a time’. Partner eateries will
benefit from marketing and advertising
offered by the OnePlate team, a series of
highly skilled and devoted volunteers.
‘OnePlate is made up of a tribe of friends,
all volunteering our time and resources to
get this social enterprise off the ground.
I am amazed and humbled by the
incredible support we have had across
Australia from generous benefactors and
businesses, all wanting to contribute to
OnePlate,’ said Thérèse.
In January 2016, OnePlate fully funded
a 7.5m x 8m rooftop garden in Manila,
where 100 street children live. Under
the supervision of Joe-Dean, the roof
top garden will not only help feed
the children, but give them the skills
and education to move them off the
streets, breaking the poverty cycle.
This is just the beginning. OnePlate
will provide funding for a wide range of
innovative, sustainable food projects
in the developing world – including
wall-mounted food gardens in slums,
hydroponic cultivation, chicken farms,
community cooking classes, worm farms
and seed banks.
‘Funds raised are donated to local
foundations in impoverished communities
to fund the start-up of self-sustaining
food programs that empower locals to
live a life of self-reliance and give them
the dignity they deserve,’ said Thérèse.
This is very important to give people the
tools they need to create their own food
While charity may begin at home, One
Plate is hoping to bring it to a menu near
you. If you are in the hospitality business
and committed to change, consider
joining the OnePlate movement. If you
are in the business of eating, think about
what a difference your next meal could
make with OnePlate and choose to eat
out at one of the all-star cast of OnePlate
partner restaurants, cafes and pubs,
knowing that 100% of your $1 goes to
those in the greatest of need.
For more information please visit:www.oneplate.co
Natasha Marsh is a
freelance journalist living