Click To Call (07) 5504 4000
Helping Hundreds of the Hungry

Helping Hundreds of the Hungry

Posted on 24 January, 2019

Australia’s leading food rescue organisation OzHarvest last year received nearly 4,000 meals to feed the hungry thanks to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC).

The Centre’s General Manager Adrienne Readings said the donations were in line with the Centre’s aim of helping to create a sustainable food culture and stop food waste.

 “Food is a valuable commodity and it’s a sad fact that people even on the Gold Coast are going hungry. If we can provide meals and sustenance to some of those families to ensure children go to school with something in their stomach then we’ve been involved in a very worthwhile cause,” she said.

 “We’re acutely aware of the national target of halving food waste in Australia by 2030 and are very proud to be part of the push for change.

 “Not only are we helping to provide wholesome foods but we’re helping to reduce waste going to landfills and therefore our greenhouse gas emissions.”

 During 2018, the 3,876 donated meals weighed 1,261kg and included:

  • 461kg of cooked meals;
  • 300kg of sandwiches
  • 210kg of fruit, vegetables and salad
  • 200kg or desserts and pastries
  • 70kg of meat
  • 20kg of drinks

  OzHarvest Gold Coast Manager Brenda Tripp said the need for food relief is growing, with more people experiencing food insecurity every year.

 “It’s with the support of businesses such as GCCEC that we can help people within our local community who are unfortunately going without,” she said.

 “The sustainable and environmentally aware approach of GCCEC is one we applaud and wholly encourage others to follow their lead.”

 The Centre has supported OzHarvest since 2014. In that time, more than 14,000 meals have been donated to the needy.

 The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is a world leader in sustainable practices and social responsibility initiatives, having been awarded the coveted EarthCheck Platinum Certificate for consistently performing at above best practice.

 EarthCheck is the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism.


Share This Article

What Our Clients Say

I have conducted two major formal dinners at GCCEC for approx 700 people each time, the more recent of these being held in March 2015. I am completely satisfied with all aspects of working with GCCEC and their performance in presenting our function. They were completely professional and were willing to do things exactly the way I wanted them done, even meeting some unusual requirements. When I requested to make layout changes only hours before the dinner the request was accommodated immediately and with professional ease. The dinner was an alternate drop three course full service meal with drinks package, and it was without a doubt the best formal dinner I have ever attended. I have managed many similar dinners in the past but this dinner achieved by far the best result, it was the easiest to organise and to then manage on the night. Our GCCEC functions manager was a competent and willing professional who achieved an absolutely flawless event. I am still trying to understand how the catering staff were able to prepare almost 700 perfectly cooked and presented meals and get them to the tables whilst still hot. An excellent event perfectly presented by cheerful and competent professional staff.

Bruce Schmidtchen
Chairman, 5RAR Assoc Inc 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee

We have held our major event, the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF), at the GCCEC on six occasions since it opened in 2004. Through holding our event at the GCCEC we have established a terrific relationship with the venue. Each and every staff member works tirelessly to ensure that our event is run to the highest calibre. Any task, no matter how little or large is undertaken to ensure our expectations are met and our event is delivered successfully.

AIST Events Team

It’s the small things that make such a big difference. My organisation has held its conference annually at GCCEC since 2008, during which I’ve experienced unparalleled service. I continue to be amazed by the dedication, friendliness and professionalism of all staff – be it sales and event management to back of house and floor staff. They know my event inside and out, making the experience seamless. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every conference I’ve held here!

Marika MacKenzie
Communications Manager, Optometry Queensland Northern Territory

You guys did it again! It is such a pleasure to work with a dedicated, proactive and friendly team. Your can-do attitude, your attention to detail and your willingness to try something new all help to make our lives easier and to keep our event fresh and interesting. Once again, the food was superb and the level of service provided by everyone at the centre was exceptional.

Julie Hood
Director Events Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

There is no doubt that next time we need to be ‘creative’ on the Gold Coast; the GCCEC is the only venue we’d choose. No matter how difficult or unusual our demands prior to the event, nothing proved impossible for you and during the conference your professionalism and attention to detail ensured that everything ran without a hitch enabling us to focus properly on the job in hand. Last, but not least, the catering was superb!

Greg O’Neil
General Manager - Rural Merchandise CRT Rural Supplies