World Vision: Share a meal this autumn with Selasi, family and friends

#ShareAMeal Greeenwich Mummy Blogger Review
World Vision UK’s launch for thier new campaign |Source: World Vision

A warm welcome…
A few weeks ago I was invited to World Vision’s launch for their new campaign, Share A Meal. As it was a food event that included a live cooking demo with British Bake Off finalist Selasi, I decided to invite my bestie and pastry-chef-turned-mumpreneur Dinah (@DinahsDesserts) who’s a BIG fan of the guy.

‘Share A Meal’ is World Vision’s latest campaign that’s all about bringing people together with food, sharing each other’s good company and helping out others at the same time. The Share a Meal launch was held in Covent Garden. There was a speech from the fundraising director of World Vision as well as a speech from Great British Bake-Off star, Selasi Gbormittah. Selasi spoke about his experience in Uganda and meeting the people in the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement.

He mentioned about their living conditions and the food shortage which was very shocking – the food crisis meant that every person could only have the following rations for the whole month:

  • 6kg sorghum/maize grains
  • 1/5kg corn soy blend
  • 300ml vegetable oil
  • 0.15kg salt
  • 1.2kg beans

… and that’s it. Nothing else – no meat, no poultry, no fish.

A refugee’s monthly food ration is not a lot to live on at all
The Greenwich Mummy Blog | World Vision x Selasi Gbormittah Share A Meal
Selasi sharing his meal with the refugees in Uganda |Source: World Vision

It’s not really a meal at all, if anything it just about meets the basic needs for the body’s macronutrients (grains for carbs, oil for fat, and legumes for protein). I wouldn’t like to live on this kind of diet but for those South Sudanese refugees there’s really no other option for them. Men, women, children and even babies are all subject to this diet which is why a lot of the younger children are suffering from severe malnutrition. Selasi explained to us that they do try and grow their own fruit and veg but what’s produced is only half-decent enough to eat. He also joked that when he cooks at home he enjoys seasoning his food but when he was at the settlement the only form of seasoning that was available was salt and the people had to add a lot of it to make the food tasty as the taste of sorghum is very bitter.

Live cooking demo with Selasi
Canapés and drinks were flowing once the speeches had ended. Dinah and I got a chance to speak to many people including the digital/social media team of World Vision who put on the fabulous event as well as a couple of the ambassadors of the charity. Just before Selasi wrapped up his speech to start cooking, he said something that everyone in the room agreed on which was “everybody loves food” and boy, is he 100% spot on!

Selasi showed us how to make a simple yet tasty dish, chicken satay sticks. They were very tasty and easy to make – it took about 15 mins in total (about 5mins prep and 10mins cooking) and had everyone waiting eagerly to have a bite.

#ShareAMeal Selasi World Vision
A lovely photo of Selasi and the World Vision ambassadors |Source: World Vision

“Share A Meal is a delicious opportunity for you to get together with others this autumn, to share good company, good and conversation – and to help vulnerable children at the same time.” – World Vision

Share A Meal with The Greenwich Mummy!
I will be hosting my own Share A Meal event mid-October – the date is still to be decided but it will either be the 2nd or 3rd weekend of the month and I will be rustling up some good homemade Vietnamese food of course! I have to take it back to my roots for such an event.

I will be posting the full recipes on the blog during that week and hopefully vlog the meal for you guys too! I’ll also be going live on social media for the meal so don’t forget to watch it on my Instagram live at @mannyngo.

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | World Vision x Selasi Gbormittah Share A Meal Campaign
Enjoying a photo with the man himself, Selasi Gbormittah 🙂

Get involved!

It’s so easy and for such a great cause. As Selasi said, everybody loves food so this is an event that bound to go down a treat. Gather your friends and family together, cook a meal then perhaps get them to donate what they think the meal would be worth. Even raising just as little as £10 can help a lot…

[ £10 ] 
could help train three volunteers to support new breastfeeding mums

[ £32 ]
could help a mum learn to prepare nutritious and healthy meals for her family

[ £93 ]
could train a new village health worker, to reach vulnerable new mums and babies in the most remote communites in Uganda

Just download the Share A Meal pack from the World Vision website. While you’re on there you can also enter the competition to share a meal with GBBO Selasi himself. 🙂 Fancy that! I’m sure my bestie Dinah has already entered… *wink wink* (PS. she may kill me when she sees that last comment.. love you girl!)


My Share A Meal pack.. have you got yours?

The Greenwich Mummy - World Vision Selasi Gbormittah - Share A Meal Campaignget involved here

NB. This post was written to help raise awareness for World Vision’s new campaign, Share A Meal. All of the words, opinions and content are my own with World Vision press photos credited respectively. 

June 16: It’s Oxfam’s Dressed By The Kids Day

If you’ve always wanted to get involved with a charity event but didn’t know where to start, add Friday 16th June to your diary right now. It’s Oxfam’s Dressed By The Kids Day!

Source: Oxfam

So, you may be wondering what Oxfam’s Dressed By The Kids Day is all about? It’s a one day event where Oxfam asks the nation to be dressed by the children in their lives and raise some money to help end poverty. The great thing about this even is that it’s open to everyone – there’ll be thousands of workplaces, schools and groups of friends taking part right across the UK.

Sounds like a laugh right?! If you are breaking out in sweats by the thought of your little bubbas dressing you, you can choose to give them ‘guidance’ and select outfits for them to choose from However if you’re ready to go all out in style, let the kids go to town and pick out whatever they want. Mis-matched shoes? Check. Green checkered shirt with acid yellow hot pants? Why not?! 🙂

If you’re ready to join in on the fun, here’s how you can take part…

  • Register with Oxfam online to join in on the fun and raise money
  • If you can’t afford to raise money but still want to get involved and raise awareness, just make sure you’re ready for June 16th and share your snaps on social media using the hashtag #DressedByTheKids – if you can tag/mention @OxfamGB or the dedicated event account @dressedbythekids that would be an added bonus!
  • You don’t fancy getting all dressed up but want to help out, you can raise money by holding a raffle or a bake sale or sweepstake
  • Spread the word to friends and families and donate via Oxfam JustGiving page

Don’t forget to check out the dedicated Dressed By The Kids page which has all the information you need and more. You can download badges and party prop cutout activity sheets for the kids as well as creating your own video which features you!

Here’s my little video:

(make your own video here)

… and that’s it!

Let the fun begin. I will be taking photos and plastering them all over my social media so I’m sure you’ll run into one of them… who knows – I might even make a collage video and upload it on Youtube or post a podcast about the day. For more info on the event click here:

The Greenwich Mummy Blog | Oxfam Dressed by the Kids Day

This post was written in collaboration with Oxfam’s PR team to raise awareness for the day event. All words, opinions and content are my own. The press video has been credited accordingly. 

I’m Officially A Beanstalk Reading Helper!

This week is Volunteer’s Week – a week dedicated to praising those who dedicate some (or all) of their free time to helping others. It’s currently trending all over Twitter with the hashtag #volunteersweek being used. If you’ve always thought about volunteering just even an hour or two to a charity of your choice, why not start now?

A few months back I saw a volunteer listing on the volunteering website, Do-It about becoming a volunteer reading helper. It involves dedicating 1.5hrs per day, twice a week to a primary school where you will be helping 3 children enjoy reading which will hopefully result in an improvement with their reading. The charity responsible for this wonderful scheme is called Beanstalk. You can click here to find out more about the charity.

I happily accepted the role after passing the interview which was conducted in two stages. I went to my primary school induction today and couldn’t feel more than happy in my new role… a Beanstalk reading helper! 🙂 I’ve been thinking about working with children for a little while now but wasn’t too sure about it so when I came across this role, I knew it’d be the perfect way for me to dip my toe into the water and give it a try. I am now really excited with how everything will progress.

I met my children yesterday and they were a lovely bunch; two shy ones and one lively one who reminds me of a family member so much. It’s refreshing to be around such bubbly characters and I really cannot wait to see how they will progress in their reading.

Get involved! 

If you are interested in volunteering and would like to work in a school or with children for a couple of hours twice a week, become a volunteer Beanstalk Reading Helper. You can check for your local Beanstalk office and find out how to apply via the link below. 

Have a great week!