Baked Relief is a movement started by Danielle Crismani aka Digella after severe flooding devastated parts of Queensland, Australia. Separated from her boys who were with her mum (whose property was affected by flooding) and needing to do something, she came up with the idea to start baking some relief for the State Emergency Services volunteers who were sandbagging around Brisbane.
Danielle put the word out about what she was doing on her blog and on Twitter and Facebook and offers of help and baking came rushing in. Baked Relief has just grown beyond imagining since then and is now in the hands of hundreds of home cooks and bakers and reaches people who are recovering from the floods, cyclones and drought and all of those thousands of volunteers helping them.
The Lockyer Valley & FNQ New Beginnings, Cookbook Drives, Love to the West, Christmas in July projects are just a few of the initiatives being worked on as a way to continue to support Queensland families affected by the natural disasters.
Baked Relief has evolved from the first plate of food brought to the local SES and is continuing to grow and progress through phases that will support for those in need.
Throughout this whole process the importance of providing support directly to families affected by using local businesses has been key in rebuilding these towns.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Did you know that all the Chief Baked Relief Advisors work on baked relief voluntarily. No one gets paid, well apart from a few shortbreads and treats here and there! They have full time jobs, run households and split their time between different cities. Between them they have eight children (not including the husbands!)
Sonia Cuff, Sally Gardner and Danielle Crismani work together to administer all aspects of Baked Relief.
Message from the Girls:
We met during the floods of 2011 and work as hard as we can volunteering our time to things we believe in.
"We work hard to 'make it happen'. So if something gets missed or forgotten please don't be disheartened, just know we are all working towards the common goal of brightening the lives of those who need it, sometimes even if it is each other." Danielle Crismani
Baked Relief is not a business or charity.