By all means keep popping your spare pennies into charity pots, but there are so many more ways to do your bit. Here are just a few of the awesome ways you can contribute to charity in London, from limiting food waste to helping fund humanitarian projects in Syria.
1. Listen to great music in aid of Hand in Hand for Syria
Join Hand in Hand for Syria—a charity working directly on the ground in Syria providing humanitarian and medical aid—for a night of great music. They’re hosting a charity concert on 26 February at the legendary music venue (and pub, let’s not forget) The Lexington, with performances from British band Howling Bells, Rozi Plain, Tusks and Glassmaps. Plus, The Temper Trap (you know, “sweeeeeeeet dispoooosition”) are donating a signed guitar, which everyone who attends will be in with a chance of winning. Find out more here.
2. Eat some tasty grub in aid of Crisis
Housed at Café from Crisis in east London, Kheera Kitchen are serving up flavoursome and authentically spiced Indian dishes from 20th January until April this year. Pop down in the evenings Wednesday to Friday, or from midday at weekends, and dig into some amazing wholesome food. The big bowls are £10 and sides are £5. All of the spices used by Kheera Kitchen are imported from India and the fresh produce is all locally sourced. Café from Crisis is a social enterprise giving homeless people and ex-offenders training for the hospitality industry to further their career prospects. The rent paid by Kheera Kitchen’s for the site will go straight back into the charity.
3. Shoot down food waste with wastED
wastED is a community of chefs, farmers, retailers, etc, all working together to do something great with the “waste” that appears at every stage of the food chain. It’s an exciting project, creating inventive things out of ignored produce. It started off in New York, but from 24 February until 2 April, wastED will be taking over Selfridge’s iconic rooftop and showing us how it’s done.
4. Give your spare food to someone in need using The People’s Fridge
In a first for London, Brixton has recently launched its giant community fridge. The project was set up by The People’s Fridge, and gives Londoners the opportunity to donate spare food. Whatever is in the fridge is then free for people in need of food to take. Both individuals and businesses are encouraged to leave food in the fridge, in a bid to tackle food waste and food poverty. You’ll find it in Pop Brixton, a trendy outdoor space full of independent traders and businesses.
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