I recently attended Noodles for Books, a special fundraiser dinner for Room to Read, a global organisation and registered charity in Australia which seeks to transform the lives of children in Asia and Africa, with a focus on literacy and gender equality in education.
One in five adults worldwide are illiterate, the majority in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Of the illiterate, nearly two-thirds are women. Room to Read’s work includes a Literacy program, which helps to develop reading skills and foster the habit of reading in primary school aged children; a Girls’ Education program, which supports girls to complete secondary school and learn life skills that will give them the best opportunity to reach their full potential; and a Book Publishing program which supports local publishers to produce books created by local authors and illustrators, which are distributed to school libraries to ensure children have access to age-appropriate, culturally relevant reading materials.
The Noodles for Books event raised money to go towards creating local language children’s books in Vietnam. Long-time readers of The Food Pornographer know my PhD was in children’s literature. I have a large collection of children’s books and still enjoy reading them. I’d hate to imagine growing up without books.
Tam, a TFP reader and co-leader of the Room to Read Perth Chapter got in touch to tell me about the charity and the Noodles for Books event she was organising. I was keen to contribute in some way and accepted Tam’s invitation to attend Noodles for Books, take photographs and blog about the event.
The event was a sell-out, held at Mama Tran on Milligan Street in Perth. Tickets were AU$50 each and included a three-course Vietnamese meal and drinks, including water and soft drinks, cider by The Cidery and Olive Farm wines. There were silent auctions and raffles, door prizes, and live music by local muso Kristian Jones.
The entree was served to share: vegetarian and meat rice paper rolls served with dipping sauces, fried spring rolls and chicken wings.
I’ve eaten at Mama Tran a few times now and am always impressed with the efficiency of the staff and the lightning speed at which the food comes out of the kitchen. For main course, we chose from Mama Tran’s range of noodle dishes, and as expected, the Mama Tran production line had us all served and fed in no time.
It was a fun night with tasty food and it felt great to dine in the company of a diverse yet like-minded crowd, all happy to support this worthy cause. I kept thinking about my favourite books from childhood, the new worlds, ideas and words I learned from reading them, and how they stirred my imagination. If more children get the chance to experience that, it can only be a good thing.
More photos from Noodles for Books
See more photographs from the event at my Flickr set – Noodles for Books.
The Noodles for Books event raised $2887 on the night, but there’s still time to enter the online raffle by making a donation of $10 or more.
- $10 gets you one entry for the raffle and $20 gets you 3 entries. All donations are tax deductible for Australians.
- The prizes are: $100 Change Program by Suitcase Entrepreneur; 30 Days of Small Change Challenge by The Small Change Project; Getting out of Auto photography e-book by Beers and Beans; Tasty Food Photography e-book by Pinch of Yum; and The Food Traveler’s Handbook e-book by Legal Nomads.
- The prize draw takes place at 8pm on Friday 13 December 2013.
- Find out more and enter the online raffle here.
Find out more about Room to Read
Shop 6/36-40 Milligan St, Perth WA 6000
Telephone: 9481 6688
Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4pm (kitchen closes at 2.30pm)
Thursday and Friday 5.30pm to 9pm
Mama Tran Carillon City
A new Mama Tran outlet has just opened this week at the Level 3 Eatery in Carillon City on Murray Street, Perth. I went there for lunch with my friend Prez on Tuesday. Thumbs up from both of us!