MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES 
FUNDRAISER DINNER - SATURDAY JULY 23

On Saturday July 23 Stones of the Yarra Valley will host it’s fourth fundraising dinner for Médecins Sans Frontières
With a special guest speaker from MSF and an exciting collaborative menu featuring chefs across our three venues, it will be another fantastic evening. All costs in relation to the dinner including staff, food and beverages will be absorbed by Stones of the Yarra Valley, resulting in 100% of all proceeds being donated to Médecins Sans Frontières. 

Tickets: $150pp

Shared 5-course menu themed around regions where Médecins Sans Frontières work, served with matched wines.
Ticket price is fully tax deductible, and a tax invoice will be provided upon request.


Médecins Sans Frontières currently works in more than 60 countries across the globe, providing emergency medical care where it is needed most. Each course in the following menu has a connection with one of those 60 countries. Research and preparation for the menu has brought a better understanding of the charity’s work. Led by Executive Chef Hugh Davison, he and his team will be cooking with the best local produce, most of which is completely donated for the cause.


ENTRÉE

Variations Turkish street food
(Turkey)

Médecins Sans Frontières is providing basic healthcare services and psychosocial support to almost 2 million refugees fleeing conflict
in Syria. Teams are also assisting in the distribution of shelter and non-food items such as blankets and soap, as well as improving water and sanitation facilities in temporary settlements.

MAIN

Cider braised goat with burnt butter and almond couscous, parsley and shallot
(Syria)

As the war in Syria enters its fifth year, humanitarian assistance is failing to reach the millions of people trapped
by the conflict. An astonishing 7.6 million Syrians have been internally displaced, with a further 4.1 million having fled
to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq. In the northeast of the country, Médecins Sans Frontières runs several medical centres
for internally displaced people and local communities.  In nearby camps, Médecins Sans Frontières also provide essential supplies which enable Syrian medical staff to carry on working, often in extremely hazardous conditions.

Indian fish curry, cooked in banana leaf
(India)

In India, Médecins Sans Frontières has been working with health authorities to provide vulnerable communities
with greater access to healthcare. This includes providing treatment for malnourished children, extending care for
HIV and TB sufferers, running a mental healthcare program in Kashmir, and training community health workers
to detect and treat simple malaria cases. Médecins Sans Frontières teams also run mobile clinics in remote villages
where patients can receive vaccinations, antenatal and postnatal consultations and health education.

SIDES

Roasted kookoo sabzi, cucumber, labneh
(Iran)

Fatoush salad
(Lebanon)

An estimated 1.2 million Syrian refugees have sought refuge in Lebanon since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.
Médecins Sans Frontières is working in Ain Al-Hilweh camp, Saida, providing psychosocial healthcare free of charge for refugees, residents of Ain Al-Hilweh camp and surrounding areas. In the Bekaa Valley, teams are also providing refugees with access to basic and reproductive healthcare, treatment for chronic diseases, counselling and health promotion activities.

DESSERT

Rose zoolbia bamieh & cinnamon custard
(Iran)

Médecins Sans Frontières has been working in Iran since 1996, and despite improvements in the local health system
in recent years, gaps still remain. Médecins Sans Frontières continues to provide medical and psychological care, as well
as voluntary counselling, social support and testing for HIV and hepatitis, to some of Iran’s most vulnerable residents
in Darvazeh Ghar, southern Tehran.

Halva & black chai cigars
(Turkey)

Roasted almond ghuribah & Kahlua dates
(Turkey)

As a key transit and destination country for African and Middle Eastern refugees and migrants, Egypt has recorded
a massive increase in arrivals and departures, with around half a million migrants thought to be residing there.
Médecins Sans Frontières teams provide psychological support and specialised medical assistance.

Mint whiskey
(Turkey)


In the lead up we spoke with Paul McPhun the Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières Australia.

 

What are some key projects in 2016?

Médecins Sans Frontières’ is very committed in the Middle East, along with a huge range of other priorities principally in Africa, Central and South/East Asia. Key priorities among others are managing the huge patient case load in Yemen and Syria. In Yemen there are very few other organisations and MSF has a large commitment across conflict lines to provide emergency trauma care. It is a very difficult and highly insecure context, urban districts are being targeted and hospitals are being bombed, resulting in huge casualties among civilians and very few functioning hospitals left to treat them.

A second huge priority in 2016 continues to be the Syrian crisis, and the impact not only within Syria of the dirty war, bombing of hospitals, siege tactics resulting in the starvation of population’s etc. but also the millions of refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries and are now also travelling in desperation to Europe. Médecins Sans Frontières’ has large scale medical and humanitarian relief operations in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and the north of Iraq and will continue also its search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean in the new European summer. In Africa MSF continues to respond to massive seasonal outbreaks of measles and meningitis. Countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan are fraught with not only the ongoing impact of conflict but also the seasonal outbreaks of infectious disease. In 2016 Médecins Sans Frontières’ will try to negotiate acceptable terms and conditions to return to Somalia. This will not be easy after team members were targeted in the past with impunity by the very people who claimed to guarantee us and our patients safe access. 

2016 is also a priority year as Médecins Sans Frontières’ is calling for better treatments for Tuberculosis and multi drug resistant strains of Tuberculosis, and for affordable access to the pneumococcal vaccine, to prevent so many children from dying from pneumonia and other related infections.  

How do fundraiser dinners help MSF?

Médecins Sans Frontières’ core business is to provide emergency medical care to people caught up in conflict and insecurity around the world. This means MSF has to negotiate access into difficult and often dangerous places to get medical care to those that need it most. For MSF to negotiate with warring parties (State and non state armed actors i.e. with the US forces one day and the Taliban the next) Médecins Sans Frontières’ must demonstrate it is completely independent and has no affiliation, dependency or political interest whatsoever and is only there to provide emergency care for its patients. MSF can only do this because in Australia it is 100% funded by private individuals who care about what happens to others and trust Médecins Sans Frontières’ to use their money to get medical care to those that need it most.

Fundraising events such as the event at Stones make an essential contribution that enables Médecins Sans Frontières’ not only to do this work, but to do it independently, quickly and with some measure of added security for our patients and teams.