A Sydney lawyer has convinced the likes of Tetsuya Wakuda to contribute recipes to a book that raises money for school kids in Tanzania.
The Hopeful Chef is a cookbook that has been edited by Jane Foley, a senior associate at Kemp Strang. She came up with the idea of raising money for a school she had previously visited in Tanzania by editing a cookbook that features 85 recipes, including contributions from well known chefs such as Neil Perry and Matt Moran.
"I cold called and wrote letters and they replied that they were happy to contribute," Foley said of the celebrity contributors.
The book, which also includes recipes from lawyers at Kemp Strang and members of the public, is being used as a vehicle to raise money for The School of St Jude in Tanzania.
The school, with the slogan "fighting poverty through education", has grown from having a handful of students when it was founded by Australian Gemma Sisia in 2002, to now having almost 1300 students and around 300 staff. Around 90 per cent of the students come from very poor backgrounds and, thanks to sponsors from around the world, receive education, meals and, in some cases, accommodation.
Foley visited the school for six weeks last year with her colleague Kate Waterford after first becoming aware of the school when it was featured on Australian Story five years ago.
"I was really inspired by Gemma's story and how she started the school," Foley said.
Foley and some of her colleagues started a community group at the firm and sponsored a child at St Jude's, and just prior to her trip to Tanzania in June 2009, Kemp Strang held a fete that raised $5000.
The firm then stumped up the cost of publishing the latest book, which was released two weeks ago, with the help of clients that included Century 21, Aussie Home Loans, Vittoria Coffee, Doran Financial and Sydney Markets.
Foley hopes to raise $40,000 from sales of the book
"We received hundreds of recipes, and it was really tough to narrow it down to the final 85," Foley said. Her warm potato salad concoction sits alongside Neil Perry's anchovy butter in the book.
"All the money raised goes to the school, and it would make a great Christmas present," she said.
The book, which costs $45, can be purchased online by going to The School of St Jude website at http://www.schoolofstjude.co.tz/Home/tabid/198/Default.aspx and following the prompts to the "online store".
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