Our mission is to do one of the simplest things – to nourish Australians who are struggling to look after themselves. We aim to feed 14,000 people per week across Sydney and Melbourne.
Rockpool Dining Group has launched Hope Delivery, a much-needed community meal program in Sydney and Melbourne to feed international hospitality workers and the homeless and disadvantaged doing it tough during the current pandemic.
Backed by Rockpool Dining Group’s charitable arm, Rockpool Foundation, the meals are being prepared and distributed directly from Rosetta in Sydney and Rockpool Bar & Grill in Melbourne for the next six months.
“We are greatly concerned about international hospitality workers who are vitally important for a healthy hospitality and tourism sector and are caught in this country with no safety net to rely on.
We bear responsibility to look after all those who are in our borders, especially in this time of uncertainty, and the simple act of feeding them is the least we can do.” – Neil Perry AM
Other recipients of the Hope Delivery meal program include OzHarvest, who work with homeless and underprivileged people in our community who need more help at the moment.
HOW IT WORKS
To deliver Hope, we have assembled the head chefs, restaurant managers, waiters and an army of volunteers in the kitchens of Rosetta in Sydney and Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne to prepare a range of nutritious meals each day.
International hospitality workers collect their meals directly from the restaurants between 12pm and 4pm while the meals for people in need in the community are distributed by OzHarvest and its distribution network.
Hope Delivery also gives support to Australia’s valuable fruit and vegetable growers as well as the restaurant industry’s beef, lamb, chicken and seafood producers who have been severely impacted by a slow in demand for their products.
Three pillars that enables this program to work efficiently:
The Rockpool Foundation is a fully-fledged, audited foundation
There are 2,000+ brilliant staff and a willing work force through Jobkeeper and volunteering
There is a well-established and efficient infrastructure in our Group’s commercial kitchens to prepare the volume of meals each day
THE SUPPORT WE NEED
Through the Rockpool Foundation, financial support is needed from the Government, corporate partners and private citizens.
To achieve this mission of feeding 1,000 people per day, in both Sydney and Melbourne, 7 days per week, we need to raise $35,000 a week.
If we achieve this target, we will be in a position to commit to this program for at least the next 6 months, making our fundraising target $910,000.
BENEFITS OF BECOMING A PARTNER
Be at the forefront of helping support the community through these tough times
Showcase Corporate Social Responsibility and association through meaningful social impact
The opportunity for staff involvement and giving to the community through volunteering
The ability to celebrate community spirit and deliver good news and hope through your own channels
Promote your association with Hope Delivery and spread the positive, supportive message
Representation on The Rockpool Foundation and Hope Delivery websites
We would like to welcome a community of Partners at various levels;
$35,000 bring hope & nourishment to 14,000 people
$20,000 bring hope & nourishment to 8,000 people
$10,000 bring hope & nourishment to 4,000 people
(All charity donations are tax deductible)
ABOUT THE ROCKPOOL FOUNDATION
The vision to give generously to the community has been in the Rockpool DNA for more than 30 years with Neil Perry raising millions of dollars for charity. After years of supporting the Starlight Children’s Foundation, OzHarvest, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Mission Australia and many smaller charitable organisations and people, the Rockpool Foundation was established in 2013.
For the past seven years, the Rockpool Foundation has raised and donated millions of dollars to charitable events and community projects: from OzHarvest and The Starlight Children’s Foundation, to Bear Cottage, the Steve Waugh Foundation, CanTeen, Camp Quality, The Prostate Cancer Foundation, Sydney Children’s Hospital and more.
KEY BOARD MEMBERS
Jonathan Pearce, Quadrant Equity
Jonathon is a Managing Partner at Quadrant Private Equity, having joined Quadrant in 2011. Jonathon has spent over 15 years in the Private Equity industry as both an advisor and principal investor in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Jonathon is the Chairman of Quadrant portfolio companies Rockpool Dining Group, QMS Media and Probe Group. Jonathon is also a director of Rite Bite Group, Fitness and Lifestyle Group, The Entertainment and Education Group, Peter Warren Automotive and Amart Group. He was formerly a Director of Enrich Group, Real Petfood Company, City Farmers and Estia Health.
Thomas Pash, Rockpool Dining Group:
Thomas joined Urban Purveyor Group (now Rockpool Dining Group) in 2014 as CEO and in 2015 negotiated the Group’s acquisition by Quadrant Private Equity. This move spearheaded an exponential growth phase for UPG, resulting in 2016 in the acquisition of Fratelli Fresh and Rockpool Group.
Over the previous 15 years of his career, Thomas led private equity and venture capital funded firms, pension fund investment assets and global firms with annual sales in excess of $500 million and market caps of over $2 billion.
Thomas spent the first 15 years of his career in the hospitality industry working with industry leaders Pappas Restaurant Group, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Red Lion Hospitality, Sam’s Café Restaurants and NorREIT.
Neil Perry, Rockpool Dining Group:
Neil Perry AM is one of Australia’s leading and most influential chefs. He has managed many award-winning restaurants and today leads the Rockpool Dining Group culinary team as Brand Ambassador. Neil has also recently celebrated 20 years as the Qantas creative director, food, beverage & service.
Neil’s career in hospitality began at Sails Restaurant at McMahons Point and in Rose Bay. He then became head chef at Barrenjoey Restaurant, Palm Beach and was also given creative control over Perry’s in Paddington. In October 1986, he opened the Blue Water Grill at Bondi Beach and took the site from a 20-year failure to an overnight success.
Neil opened Rockpool in 1989 with his business partner and cousin Trish Richards, with the intention of establishing one of Australia’s finest restaurants. After six months it was voted Sydney’s best new restaurant in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and over the years has won a long list of awards. Rockpool Bar & Grill in Melbourne followed in October 2006, with Spice Temple and Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney both lifting off in early 2009. October 2010 saw the opening of Spice Temple Melbourne, followed by Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth opening in January 2011 and Rosetta Ristorante in October 2012.
Neil is an author of 10 cookbooks and has a weekly food column in Good Weekend in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and contributes a monthly column to Qantas Magazine.
Through Neil’s involvement in the Starlight Children’s Foundation, OzHarvest and various other charities, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for his significant service to the community and appeared on Australian stamp in 2014.
Neil and Trish established the Rockpool Foundation in 2015, which is a charitable arm of their business ventures that strives to support initiatives which strengthen communities and promote real social change.