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Boodle Fight to help orphans pay it forward!

Hosted by the Consul of the Sydney Changemakers Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Fri 14 Jun 18:30 - 21:00

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Boodle Fight to help orphans Pay It Forward

Ang Bahay Parola (The Lighthouse) is an orphanage in Cavite, Philippines. There are 25 boys from the ages of 5 to 18 years old living there.

Near the orphanage is a cemetery and there are a few families living in the cemetery. There are pre-school aged children with these families and they sleep on top of the graves. They do not have running water so that they cannot wash themselves.

The orphanage has opened their doors to the families and let them use the bathrooms.

The boys would like to do something more to help these families. So, they have a project where teachers come in to teach the young children some reading and writing before they go to public school. The teachers also help the mothers learn some skills so that they can earn some money for their family.

But they need money to pay the teachers. It costs $30 a day to pay 2 teachers (one for the children and another for the mothers).

To help them raise some money to pay for the teachers, we are holding a fundraising “Boodle Fight” dinner on 14 June Protected content Pamana Café and Filipino Restaurant in Chatswood at 6:30pm. Cost is $60 per person where $30 goes towards the project. (Drinks not included)

As a thank you, the boys will give each donor a mug to remember them by.

So what is a Boodle Fight?

This Filipino tradition of eating originated from the Philippine military where a big pile of food is served in the middle of a really long table in a mess hall where every hungry soldier eats with their hands symbolizing of camaraderie, brotherhood and equality in the military. The “fight” in the name refers to the act of grabbing and eating as much as the soldier can before others grab them or runs out, remember this is served to very hungry men so if you’re slow you will definitely run out of food.

Usually food are served on top of a table lined with banana leaves, rice is placed in the middle and viands are either served on top or on the sides of the rice. Water jugs are also placed on the side used for washing your hands just before the “fight” happens. No utensils are used when eating and you will use your bare hands to eat so this is definitely not a fine dining experience but trust me it’s way much more exciting to do this rather than those ones that have multiple sets of cutleries and glassware in front of you.

As for the dishes there are no set rules in what to add but the most popular ones are the dry items like fried pork, some seafood like prawns and mussels. With all of these meats fruits are served to serve as a balancer to the salty and oily viands so it’s very usual to see pineapples and mangoes, there are also some vegetable salads like tomatoes and onions plus grilled eggplant to name some. That does not stop there some also add deep fried items like spring rolls and dried fish then to top it all up rice and noodles will be the carbohydrate source.

Looks a lot, yes because there is a lot of food items in one table so I suggest if you are doing this make sure everyone is hungry (serve it right after swimming, tramping, work, etc.) to experience the real “fight”, you will notice everyone will be very busy eating they don’t bother talking to each other and if you are a slow eater then good luck to you.

But of course, we will be more refined and share the food equally with our tablemates as well as have great conversations with everyone.

So, if you are keen to help some orphans pay it forward as well as experience a different kind of dining, please secure your place now by depositing $60 to my Paypal account on or before 12 June. (We need to have final numbers by then so we can book our tables) The link is below:

If you do not have a Paypal account or would prefer to pay using a different method, please email me at Protected content and I will send you my bank account details.

Thank you so much for your help in teaching these boys to pay it forward.

Directions on how to get there by train.

Alight at Chatswood station. Turn left after exiting the gates, then turn left again and get on the escalator to go to Railway Street. From the top of the escalator, turn right and keep on walking until you get to 9 Railway Street (it is an apartment building called Epica). Go up a few steps and turn right to go up a few more steps. The restaurant is on the left when you reach the top of the steps.

Parking directions if driving.

Towards Pacific Highway:

Second/Third exit on the roundabout on Railway Street in front of Epica building (between Altura and Epica Buildings).

Take the left lane in entrance to Epica/Altura carpark.

At the Security Keypad for Building 9: Press Protected content Bell

Wait for the gate on your RIGHT to open. Please park at Visitors carpark.

In the lift, press Protected content bell again. Restaurant is on Level 1, right side Unit 2.