WALKING THE TALK.
Gilbert's Fine Food We're not just saying that we support our local community, we actually get out there and do it. Whether it's providing food, fundraising, giving demonstrations and presentations or getting our hands dirty planting trees, we understand as a team that we are part of a fantastic community and do what we can to support it.
Providing 30,000 meals each month to hungry mouths in Dunedin takes a lot of work. The incredible team at FoodShare do an amazing job and we're happy to have been helping them from the day we opened. The hard work is done by the team at FoodShare, our help comes in the way of providing some of the food as well as providing a voice and, at times, entertainment.
If you would like to know more about the work that FoodShare go to their website.
Just by Lake Waihola, the Sinclair Wetlands is a privately-owned wetland which is internationally respected as a reserve. It has ponds, swampland and two re-vegetating islands which attract up to 60 species of birds. It is regarded as the largest and most important privately owned wetland in New Zealand.
We've become somewhat avid supporters of their work and raise funds in store to help keep them going. We've also got muddy and had a whale of a time when the whole team spent some time on a Sunday planting trees (which were still growing when we went out again several months later)
To find out more on the Sinclair Wetlands visit their Facebook page
Yellow-eyed penguins (Hoiho) are one of the rarest penguins in the world and unique to the lower east coast of New Zealand. In the late 1980s the outlook for these penguins looked very bleak. The cool coastal forest where they nested had been cleared for pasture. Sheep and cattle trampled their nests. Ferrets and stoats introduced by the early settlers killed and ate their chicks. The population was falling fast and something needed to be done.
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust was formed in 1987 to alert everyone to the problem and in 2013 we started supporting them in whatever ways we can.
To find out more about the Hoiho and its struggle see the Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust website
We love learning. We like to constantly be upskilling ourselves as well as passing our knowledge on. Whether it's teach 5-7 year olds about state changes by making ice-cream using liquid nitrogen, showing a few tips and techniques with chocolate at the Cadbury Chocolate Festival, giving demonstrations at high schools and polytechnics around the country, writing articles for newspapers and magazines or presenting at conferences.
If would like to have us give a demonstration or presentation get in touch with us.
When we can, we like to get behind local causes and help them raise funds for worthy causes. From school trips and sporting teams to community groups and clubs. If we feel we can help, we will.
Sometimes it's as simple as helping a school put together a recipe book. Other times it's putting on a class for a sports team or other group to sell tickets to.
If you know of a group looking to raise funds let us know and we'll see if we can help.