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23/10/2013

Everything about Africa changes everyone who goes there, in ways big and small

– posted by Sally

Melbourne-based photographer Dianna Snape is no exception.

“The beauty is breathtaking and the hardship is heartbreaking,” says Dianna.

Lunch money, a ten day online auction from November 1 – 10, as a starting point, explains Dianna, is simple: “we want to raise enough money to feed 47 Tanzanian primary school children a healthy lunch every day for a year.”

She is keen to point out that’s the “bare minimum” — the more money raised, the more that can be done, including serving a greater variety of food and paying for medical checkups to help monitor the children’s health.

A quick examination of what’s on offer in lunch money’s auction — as diverse as it is darling — shows it’s in pretty good shape to deliver. 

The catalogue’s “fabulousness” says Dianna, is thanks to the “precious big-heartedness” and “colossal generosity” of the creative community and beyond. 

The swanky swag of more than 45 bidding items ranges from: one-off original works (many designed or donated specifically for lunch money); handbags and hand-crafted jewellery, bespoke cakes and cards; a guided tour of a Robin Boyd house; to professional and creative services like a photo shoot, speaking engagement, helicopter ride, massage treatment, tax preparation and architectural consultation.

Absolutely everything for lunch money has been donated — from the logo design and illustrations by Steph Ransom from Fathom & Co to the website hosting, install and template configuration by Paul Borella at efront — which means 100% of the proceeds will be used to directly realise the meal program.

Dianna first visited Africa 20 years ago and has returned regularly these past two. She concedes the enormity of its problems can make efforts like lunch money seem futile, but insists a little still means a lot.  “When you look at what a small amount from us can do, comparatively, it’s enormous,” she says.  “Just $2.60 (AUD) will feed one of the children lunch for a week.”

It was whilst developing an after-school photographic program in Arusha that Dianna became aware short-term hunger was affecting the kids’ ability to concentrate. 
       
The UK-registered charity, Shika, which sponsors children’s education and runs the Watoto Wanaweza (Swahili for “Children Can”) after-school support program where Dianna volunteered, undertakes to assist Tanzania’s poorest, so its children are some of the country’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable.

Including travel, they can spend upwards of 12 hours a day in lessons and after-school care and “generally only eat one meal a day,” explains Dianna, “which is dinner when they get home, going without breakfast or lunch.”

Inspired to help give the sponsored children “the best possible chance to take advantage of their education,” Shika trialed free fruit-and-vegetable-based lunches two days a week and Dianna committed to finding a way to make them on-going and every day. 

The trial started in July and Susi Mayer, Shika’s Tanzanian Program Manager, saw immediate improvements in attendance and attention, “I see the children more motivated in their after-school activities and tuition after getting a healthy and good meal. They are having fun eating fruit and all the children attend the centre on our fruit and vegetable days.” 

True to her word, Dianna has made good on her promise dishing up lunch money’s online auction as the fundraiser’s first-course.   

“I believe, from the bottom of my heart, when faced with the world’s wrongs people genuinely want to help put them right,” she says.  “I hope lunch money strikes a chord and people participate.”

To review auctions items and find out more click HERE.

Bidding commences 12:01am (AEDT) Friday November 1.

NAME:  lunch money
WHAT:  10-day online auction fundraiser
WHEN:  Nov 1 – 10, 2013
WHERE: lunchmoney.com.au

Media Enquiries: diannasnape@diannasnape.com.au

All images by Dianna Snape

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