Everybody loves a winner. They get the gold medals. They get to stand at the top of the podium. They have songs written about them. It's a good thing we love them – because I am about to announce 35 of them!
Thanks to the great generosity that you have shown by donating fabulous prizes; by blogging, Tweeting and Facebooking about the raffle; and by buying tickets, the H2Ope for Haiti campaign has raised £959 in just two weeks – and the total will be £1,259 once my lovely employer adds their contribution (they match employees' charity fundraising up to £300 per year). That's a whopping $1,886 or €1,387 or R13,963! The money goes to Concern Worldwide who have been working tirelessly in Haiti to help those whose lives have been destroyed by the January earthquake.
It’s now nearly two months since the earthquake hit Haiti and an estimated 700,000 people are living in make-shift shelters. Concern is focusing most of its emergency response on water and sanitation in two areas in Port-au-Prince – one of the first steps was the installation of a 10,000 litre water bladder in one of the settlements. Click here to view a video of Jocelyn and her family who are among the thousands of families displaced by the earthquake. Life is hard for them, but the assistance they are receiving from Concern is helping them cope. The funds that you helped to raise will mean that Concern is able to offer assistance to more people for longer and to help people rebuild their lives.
And now, on to the winners! (In case you are wondering, I put each entry onto a spreadsheet and assigned it a unique number as it arrived, and then used the true random number service at www.random.org to pick a random winner number for each prize). I have listed each prize with its prize code, and the name of the winner below it. I will be contacting all the donors and winners to put them in touch with each other over the next few days, so please be patient if you do not hear from your prize donor immediately.
And the winners are….
HFH01 - Silpat, Omnivore’s dilemma, Slow Food Nation
HFH02 – Food Journeys of a Lifetime
HFH03 - Desert Bloom print
HFH04 - Everything Cookies and Brownies
HFH05 – pair of Murghal paintings
HFH06 – Customised canvas tote bag
HFH07 – Delicious Days
HFH08 – 10 original greeting cards
HFH09 – Understanding close-up photography
HFH10 – Eat my Globe & Eating for Britain
HFH11 – engraved iPod
HFH12 – Momofuku cookbook
HFH13 – BlogAid recipe book
HFH14 – Hand-painted stole
HFH15 – Moorish cookbook
HFH16 – Winter Olympics backpack & fleece
HFH17 – 660 Curries
Margot Dolewska Dyer
HFH18 – Ottloenghi Cookbook & 2 MeetaK prints
HFH19 – South Africa Eats
HFH20 – Berry flag print
HFH21 – Cookwise cookbook
HFH22 – The Sweet Life in Paris
HFH23 – $50 Amazon voucher
HFH24 – Free photo restoration
HFH25 – Five flower prints
HFH26 – Ottolenghi Cookbook
HFH27 – French baking goodie parcel
HFH28 – £200 Virgin vouchers
HFH29 – Care Wear jewellery
HFH30 – Pair of garden gnomes
HFH31 – A Year in my Kitchen
HFH32 – Pie cookbook
HFH33 – Pierre Marcolini chocolates
HFH34 – Darcis chocolates
HFH35 – $50 CSN stores voucher
Congratulations to the winners and thanks once again to everybody who helped to make this tremendous effort possible!