Home Cooking Around the World – Red Cross NT Connected Women’s Recipe Collection launched with flying colours at Parliament House in Darwin last week.
It was a significant event where the community came together to celebrate their differences in harmony.
Around 170 people attended, including the Administrator of the Northern Territory Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran with Mr Craig O'Halloran, Hon Kate Worden - Minister for the Prevention of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence, Hon Lauren Moss - Minister for Equality and Inclusion and The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Darwin Kon Vatskalis, along with many stakeholders and community members, showing the amazing support from the local community.
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The Connected Women group sold all 500 books from the initial print run, which means they’re headed back to print another batch just one day after launching!
Feedback from the NT community and stakeholders about the cookbook and Connected Women program was encouraging and celebratory. It was incredible opportunity for the Connected Women NT participants as they were able to showcase their recipes and stories to the broader community in Australia. It was proud moment for them as the event was all about them and their achievements.
“This is the best moment of my life. I was struggling to survive in Australia without any meaningful connection. Connected Women provided me a family who accept me as who I am. Today, I was asked to sign so many cookbooks as people love my recipe. I feel recognised and like I belonged.”
“I have heard about the Connected Women project and I was wondering why people praise it so much. Now I know why. I can clearly see how this program have changed so many people’s lives. Now I have become a fan of this project and planning to support these beautiful ladies as much as I can.”
“We believe Connected women is an example of true community development and volunteer mobilisation. This project helped me to develop my confident and capabilities. Conducting cooking demonstration for last 3.5 years with minimum resources wasn’t easy. But we are very happy about the outcome. I am very happy that I am a part of this amazing project.”
Connected Women would like to say a huge thank you to the Migration Support Programs NT team, the Red Cross executive leadership team, and all the staff and volunteers who helped make the cookbook project possible.