Celebrity donates baking
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.