Michelin Star Chef Derry Clarke and his wife and partner Sallyanne have signed on to help the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC), with a new online culinary fundraiser called Cook up a Storm.
With her 25th Annual International Charity Fashion Lunch cancelled, following many years of successful fundraising for the DRCC, Miss Candy is flipping her high heels and feather boas for pots and pans with her designs now set firmly on Irish kitchens.
Cook Up a Storm, an online culinary fundraiser, is being organised by Miss Candy, aka Joseph Supple, and headlined by Michelin Star Chef Derry Clarke and his wife and partner Sallyanne to deliver recipes to people’s homes and raise much needed funds for the DRCC.
Cook Up a Storm aims to feed into the nation’s current appetite for home cooking and baking along with the demand for new, chef-approved recipes, family favourites and childhood recipes to replicate at home. Headline chef Derry Clarke will cook one of his favourite dishes each week over the series with videos posted to his own Facebook page and at facebook.com/dublinrapecrisiscentre.
Miss Candy’s annual fundraising has generated in excess of €2.5m in charity funding to date. While this year’s initiative will see a temporary swap from gladrags to chef’s hat and pinny, this series will be open to an even bigger audience, with everyone invited to take part.
Beginning Monday 25th May and running across four weeks, Cook Up A Storm will also star celebrities including Rosanna Davison, Amanda Brunker, David & Stephen Flynn – Happy Pear twins, Sir Ian Botham, Andy McFadden, John Healy, Rebecca Storm , Ken Doherty, Paul Harrington, Dylan and Charlotte Bradshaw, Lorraine Keane Cathy Kelly, Tracey Clifford, Norma Sheehan, Luke Thomas, Jim McCabe, PJ Gallagher and Jake Carter to name a few who will be posting their videos of favourite dishes to the page and across their own social channels, while viewers will be invited to do the same and nominate their friends.
To those donating to and interacting with the campaign, Miss Candy has pledged a line up of prizes, including a chance to win a week in the Aqua Suites in Lanzarote for two people half board, a Blue Book Voucher to the value of €500, a €200 voucher for L’Ecrivain, Stay At Home Supper Club dinner for four people kindly donated by John Healy from Sussey Street and a designer piece by award winning fashion designer, Catriona Hanly.
An idonate page, managed directly by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, will allow anyone to make donations to the charity fundraiser.
Organiser Joe Supple said: “While I am truly devastated that my 25th Annual International Fashion Lunch has to be cancelled this year due to COVID 19, I am delighted to garner the ongoing support of so many friends and businesses and bring Cook Up A Storm to fruition. The focus now is on making this campaign as successful as our sell out fashion lunch is each year, to provide a stop gap for 2020 to ensure we generate these vital funds for the charity and allow them to continue their ongoing work and support of victims of sexual assault and rape.”
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre CEO, Noeline Blackwell, said: “Miss Candy’s splendid Cook Up A Storm fundraiser is truly vital for us in this year when so much of our public fundraising had to be abandoned or put on hold because of COVID 19. We always need public generosity to keep vital services going for those who have experienced rape and other sexual abuse. This year, we have heard from victims of sexual violence who are deeply traumatised by isolation, loneliness and the lack of their normal supports and escape routes. We expect that we will hear from even more than before when restrictions ease. We are glad that we have been able to keep services going steadily throughout the lockdown but we worry about the funding we will need to continue to do that. That’s why this fundraiser is more important than ever and we thank Miss Candy for this fabulous glamorous alternative event.”