Although there are an estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year, the Federal Government has still not restored our long term funding to reduce this rate of food poisoning. We have just heard from the Assistant Health Minister, David Gillespie, that the funding proposal he asked us to submit has been rejected due to ‘fiscal constraint’. So now we have to turn to other fundraising options. Although our members contribute close to $500,000 a year in donated time and resources we still need cash to pay for essentials such as website, phone bills and insurance as well as the costs of Food Safety Week. About 1,000 people a day access the food safety information on our website and 2,000 a day read our social media. Our 2016-17 summer media campaign reached an audience of 5.1 million and our TV ad was broadcast 851 times on national TV.
We are asking you to make a tax deductable donation to us to help us keep going. All of our board and executive members volunteer our expertise in food safety and communications so any donation goes to directly fund our work.
We’d also like to ask you to leave a testimonial about how the Food Safety Information Council’s work has helped you, whether it was with an enquiry about what to do with leftovers or if the power has gone out or any of the many other questions we get. These testimonials will help us make the argument for funding and sponsorship. All you have to do is click this button to donate and leave a testimonial.
This Spring it will be 20 years since we were founded after a group of food safety experts from government, industry, professional organisations and consumer groups got together to work on educating the community in safe food handling. We’ll be holding a celebration of our 20th anniversary then and it would be great to know we have secured some funding to continue our important work.