Celebrity donates bak­ing

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STAFF RE­PORTER

Celebrity chef An­nal Lang­bein is help­ing cel­e­brate Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week by do­nat­ing baked goods to fam­i­lies in need in Cen­tral Otago.

Wanaka-based Lang­bein is tak­ing part in a Vol­un­teer­ing Cen­tral cam­paign.

Hawea-based Food for Love was set up in April 2016 by Louise Car­ney and Re­becca Sar­gin­son who wanted to pro­vide home-cooked meals to peo­ple who needed an ex­tra hand. They now co­or­di­nate 120 vol­un­teer cooks and bak­ers, who have pro­vided over 1500 meals for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in the Up­per Clutha.

Lang­bein said the Food for Love co­or­di­na­tors con­trib­uted a ‘‘stag­ger­ing’’ amount of work in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘They both have fam­i­lies and jug­gle be­ing moth­ers, part­ners and work­ing, and Louise has the ad­di­tional worry of bat­tling her own health is­sues. The fact they can slot in such a huge amount of vol­un­teer­ing blows me away.

‘‘It’s a real pas­sion of theirs that they pri­ori­tise in their busy life­styles, be­cause it is some­thing they be­lieve in. They are two very in­spir­ing women who were a plea­sure to meet.’’

She hoped her bak­ing and other do­na­tions would be well re­ceived in the com­mu­nity.

Car­ney said it was fab­u­lous to meet Lang­bein and talk about their pas­sion for help­ing others.

‘‘We recog­nise that, like so many of us, she is really busy, yet she took the time to in­vite us in to her home, to sit down and talk to us and joined our team of vol­un­teers by bak­ing plenty of de­li­cious cakes which will be en­joyed by many of our de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ents.’’

Food for Love is look­ing for more vol­un­teers to help co­or­di­nate the in­creas­ing num­ber of pre­pared and do­nated meals.

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