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Zulu’s events at Our Big Kitchen

Since May 2013 Zulu has produced 10 ticketed events and helped to manage and deliver many more. Introduce to OBK have been over 450 participants, resulting in thousands of meals provide to people in need in our community. Zulu’s events have contributed over $6000 to OBK and resulted in numerous introductions and spin-off events.

Our events have included:

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Heart warming events for my members

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I felt motivated to organise a cook-in event at Our Big Kitchen (OBK), so that my members could experience a feel-good "give something back" activity.The cook-in at OBK, exceeded all of my expectations in terms of a social and interactive activity. Everyone was smiling and sharing warm and friendly conversations, while working side-by-side chopping up ingredients and preparing meals. I think the most striking element of the cook-in was seeing the stack of meals packaged up and ready to send off. A most heart-warming feeling!

At the end of the cook-in, we gathered in a local coffee shop, buzzing and feeling great that our contribution would soon be reaching those less fortunate than ourselves.

I fully support the good work that Zulu and OBK do for Sydney's community, long may it continue. I hope to spread the word and get more good people involved.  If you only get involved in one charitable activity this year, make sure its a cook-in with Zulu at OBK!!! - Neil Scott, 35+ Meetup group organiser

And from participants: 

  • Best Meetup ever!!! Loved it. Truly social, and the giving back is so rewarding. Thank you Sue and Neil - Miriam
  •  Thanks for a meaningful time together for a great reason!! See u again soon!! X - Jane
  •  An enjoyable morning spent with lovely company. Great to learn more about this fantastic charity. Thanks Sue & Neil for organising :) - Pru
  • This was an awesome experience! - Colleen
  • Wow, this was so much fun, so inclusive and so worthwhile. A gold medal M'Up. Super well done. :) – Alistair
  • What a privilege it's been today...to prepare meals for those in need and to be amongst great people :-)) - Jenny
  • Thanks for arranging this meetup Sue and Neil. It was a fantastic morning with an inspirational organisation - Avryl
Neil Scott
35+ Meetup Group

Perfect for our group to build new connections

SDC at OBK

As a steering committee member of the Sydney Development Circle (SDC), I’m always after new ways of engaging community, and bringing like-minded people together. The SDC event Sue organised at OBK was the perfect platform for our members to build new connections, and support the refugee community through House of Welcome.

Cooking together cancelled out any awkwardness, as we had something to do while we chatted with new people. Having everyone stirring, chopping and kneading together helped to create a sense of our own community. The shared activities allowed people from diverse backgrounds, sectors, and experience levels to find common ground, and acted as a springboard for discussions on local and global development issues.

I’ve always been a firm believer that food brings people together in a unique way, and our experience at OBK confirmed this. Our members were able to contribute to community, and connect with each other in new ways over food. Sue’s excellent facilitation at OBK helped to expand SDC’s community of development professionals, and we received great feedback from those who participated. - Lila Kennelly


Great idea to combine community building with OBK

Our Big Kitchen is a great concept and lots of fun. Not only to you get to meet  wonderful people who are often interested in similar projects, and therefore a great  networking opportunity, there is food, glorious food and lots of it!!!  You get not just to prepare it (which is fun when you are doing it with others) but you get to eat as well!

Combining a hands on purposeful activity with a guest speaker, where you learn about a particular project, is a great way to be informed about a project, become involved and raise funds. Congratulations to the organisers, to the endless stream of volunteers, and to Sue and Zulu for organising such meaningful events. Robyn


Quality networking experiences

My first experience at OBK was for a Zulu Communications networking event, I loved it so much that I have already been back twice.

It is really fun way to connect with people in a non-awkward networking environment plus, I felt that I was doing something really helpful. I always leave feeling inspired and smiling. The events are very well organised, OBK make you feel welcome and part of something ‘bigger’ and while it is nice to be able to give something back, I always walk away feeling like I am the one who has gained more. I am looking forward to the next event and I cannot recommend these experiences highly enough. - Kimi Anderson, Travelgiver.com


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