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Last September, Sila Mutungi posted on his Facebook status that he was thinking for doing pancake festival/fundraiser. I contacted him right away wanting to help organize. Sila and I split up in our tasks; he was in charge of organizing the music and I was in charge of everything related to the pancakes. Usually in large food festivals, sustainability is not even considered and I wanted to make sure that all of the ingredients were sourced sustainability. Through generous donations from local farms and businesses, we had medjool dates, fair-trade coffee, bananas, chocolate, and sugar, organic apples and pears, organic butter, whipping cream, and milk, farm fresh eggs, and buttermilk pancake flour. View more pictures here and here.
Despite the rainstorm, hundreds of people walked through the doors, to enjoy live music and eat sustainable pancakes. In the end we raised over $4000. The entire event was run on donations and volunteers. 100% of the $10 cover charge went to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). We had chosen Pakistan as the recipient of the fundraiser. Pakistan was devastated by flooding, triggered by torrential rains, affecting 20 million people. The floods washed away crops and destroyed villages.
- Conducted over 106,616 consultations at five hospitals, seven mobile clinics and six diarrhea treatment centers;
- Screened more than 97,000 children and pregnant and lactating women and treated more than 8,800 malnourished children;
- Conducted 434 complicated birth deliveries and 82 Caesarean sections;
- Admitted 339 new born babies to the nursery;
- Distributed 2.1 million liters of clean water per day and built 709 latrines, 280 shower sites, and 130 hand-washing points, and installed 271 hand pumps;
- Distributed 73,708 relief item kits and 22,629 tents;
- Distributed 2,000 transitional shelters
I would like to thank our donors, volunteers, and musicians again. A special thank you to Sila Mutungi, Roger Anthony (Soul Cocina), Satish Ambati, and Bruce Hanson (for providing CODA SF).
SILA, Native Elements, Marcus Cohen Presents the Congress, The Dunes, Classical Revolution, Miriam Speyer, Dj Santero, Dj Zeph, and Dj Amar.
Bob’s Red Mill
Straus Family Creamery
Farm Fresh To You
Whole Foods, Noe Valley
Rainbow Grocery Co-Op
Weavers Coffee and Tea
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That is incredible! Congrats on doing so well.
congratulations on the success of the donation! From the live music and the pancakes, i see why people are flocking in !
This is a great amount to raise and I am surprisingly amazed at how much $4000 can give-A LOT
Imagine if we contributed once a week or month!
All for good nutrition !!
Thanks Nimisha and Sila
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