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Over 60 people gathered in Melbourne on Tuesday evening where Masterchef Australia 2017 winner Diana Chan and Chef Ian Curley launched the 2018 Great Australian Curry fundraising campaign.
The event saw a cook-off challenge between the two food masters who cooked up a storm with their versions of Asian curries.
“I am thrilled to be here to contribute in my own little way,” said Diana Chan, the winner of Masterchef Australia 2017.
Born and brought up in Malaysia, Chan said curry has been part of their cooking since childhood.
“I am so excited to be supporting the Great Australian Curry! It's a great reminder about the joy a shared meal brings — and it enables us to make a difference at the same time, reaching out to families around the world and giving them a hand up out of poverty through Opportunity International Australia,” she said.
Renowned chef and restaurateur Ian Curley said, “We live in the best country in the world! We should never forget that. There are so many people around the world not as fortunate as us. It's really important to not lose focus of how lucky we are, just through the simple fact of where we live.”
The event was organised by charity organisation Opportunity International Australia - who provide small loans to help people kick-start businesses in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
The annual event, held through October and November, encourages people to make and share a curry, and raise funds for Opportunity's work with people living in poverty in countries such as India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
“Over 4.4 million of the 6 million people that Opportunity works with, are in India,” said Meredith Scott, the CEO of Opportunity International Australia.
The two-month-long campaign will see Australians enjoying a curry – either by cooking or eating – while raising funds for families living in poverty in Asia.
“A lot of our focus lately has been microfinancing of building toilets in really remote and rural areas in India,” Ms Scott told the gathering.