The Campbells have never cooked Ukrainian cuisine at their café before – but the family is ready to serve up a feast of delicacies this weekend to fundraise for the European country being invaded by Russia.
The Falls Café is fronted by parents Miranda and Andrew Campbell and their two adult daughters Alice and Harriet, who refers to the current situation in Ukraine as “horrific”.
“There’s no other words for it.”
In response, the family – who share various hats running the bustling café with the help of assistant manager and barista Anneke Turner have decided to rally their community by holding a fundraiser, dishing up Ukrainian delights tomorrow, Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3 to support the Ukrainian people.
Diving into the deep end, the Campbells are completely new to making Ukrainian dishes and have been “practising over the last week” to perfect the food in preparation of the fundraiser.
Harriet says café guests can enjoy a selection of Ukrainian foods including “cabbage rolls, potato stuffed dumplings and potato cakes”.
“We’re also going to do a soup with a Ukrainian garlic bread and some little mince and vege-filled rolls.”
The family encourages people to wear Ukrainian colours “if they wish,” says Harriet. For those who love a challenge, the Campbells invite café-goers to greet them in Ukrainian “for a bit of fun”.
All profits made from the weekend’s takings will be evenly donated to Save the Children Fund and UNICEF, says Harriet.
“It doesn’t matter what people are buying [all profit for food sold on the weekend] whether they’re getting one of the Ukrainian items, or they’re just going to get a sausage roll and a coffee.”
Being a charitable family at heart, this is not the first time the Campbells have utilised their café to fundraise and support others in need.
“We’ve actually done quite a few charity events through the café over our time. For Waipuna Hospice, an animal rehabilitation centre in Oropi and for the Australian fires back in 2019,” says Harriet.
With the helping spirit in their DNA, Harriet describes how the family has felt “almost envious” of their extended family in England who’ve been able to help in the Ukrainian situation due to being closer geographically.
Tired of “wishing there was something we could do” to help those in Ukraine, the family hopes this will be their biggest fundraiser venture to date.
“We’ve all sort of done donations and stuff like that but we want to do a little bit more and involve the community more because we have a really cool community around us,” says Harriet.
The fundraiser is on this weekend, Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, at 140 McLaren Falls Rd, with the café open 9am-3pm.