The 2022 #PlateForAMate campaign has announced a stellar line-up of chefs and Aussie icons to support the cause.
#PlateForAMate will be led by legendary chefs, Manu and Clarissa Feildel, Orazio D’Elia, Jason Roberts, Sarah Todd, Diana Chan, The Bucket List Bondi’s Tom Walton, and presenter James Tobin. Joining them will be Australian icons who love to cook: former AFL player and anti-racism advocate, Adam Goodes; singer-songwriter, Dami Im; and comedian, Dilruk Jayasinha. More Aussie and international icons and chefs to be named soon.
#PlateForAMate is a community awareness campaign now in its third year, raising funds for the Black Dog Institute. This year the focus is on supporting the mental health of our farmers, and people in regional areas devastated by recent natural disasters.
The initiative is also supported by a range of iconic Australian food and baking brands that are deeply rooted within regional and rural communities including Green’s Baking, Australia’s best tasting dairy from Norco Co-operative, Delite Mandarins, Humpty Doo Barramundi, Three Threes Condiments, and Our Cow. More supporting brands are expected to be announced soon.
Produced by MGI Entertainment, #PlateForAMate will see well-known chefs and Australian icons whip up mouth-watering culinary creations together – while sharing anecdotes, insights and memories about their lives and love of food.
“Mental illness is so prevalent so it’s imperative we have continued conversations about it. For me, the relationship between food and wellness is inseparable so I am very excited to be involved in this project,” said Manu Feildel.
Through #PlateForAMate social and video content, Australians will be given an exclusive invitation into the chefs’ and icons’ private kitchens, learning how to cook an exquisite collection of nourishing recipes specifically designed to be shared with loved ones. By encouraging us all to ‘share a plate with a mate’, the campaign is reminding us of the importance of shared meals as a way of addressing mental health issues.
Importantly, #PlateForAMate will also encourage home cooks across the country to donate to the Black Dog Institute, raising funds to deliver much-needed mental health training in regional and rural communities.
Natural disasters are shining a light on the mental health crisis unfolding in regional Australia. While 20% of Australians will experience a mental illness each year, 68% of Australians living in rural and remote areas have experienced depression and anxiety during the past two years. This overrepresentation is exacerbated by 26% of these patients having to wait four to six weeks to access support.
“We are so pleased that #PlateForAMate is aligning with us and has prioritised delivering mental health training in regional and rural communities through the Black Dog Institute,” says Sarah Connor, Head of Service Engagement and Operations at the Black Dog Institute.
This new offering by the Black Dog Institute is in response to findings that there are currently 2.5 million Australians that could benefit from low-intensity mental health services.
“At the Institute, we carry out research to learn how best to offer mental health support and translate that research into programs and services which can help so many people, wherever they are based in Australia. We know that preventative measures and catching signs early are key to help and that’s why we offer mental health training programs in locations where support may be limited,” says Ms Connor.
Taking place for the third year in a row, #PlateForAMate is steadily cooking up a proven track record of giving back to the community. In 2021, it raised $160,000 to combat rising food insecurity as a result of COVID-19.
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To donate: https://www.teamblackdog.org.au/fundraisers/PlateForAMate/corporatepartners?ref=ch_3LKszTIoRqhQTg1P0KRZamnc