Tristan McLindon. Telling stories with video

 
Tristan McLindon
 

Tristan’s true passion and talent lies in capturing people’s stories through the lens of a camera. He believes there’san enormous number of untapped stories that show true human spirit and strength. One day, Tristan hopes to find an incredible story and direct his own feature movie.

Starting out in media with the Queensland Parliament while freelancing on the side, Tristan found his inner Spielberg when he moved to America to study acting and directing. Returning to Australia, Tristan completed his Bachelor of Communication and now works as a videographer, actor and drama teacher. And he’s such a famous barista that his face is on billboards! 

As a father of two young children, Tristan was hit hard by the stories of street children in Manilla needing to take drugs to numb their hunger pains. He couldn’t imagine his own children going through this and jumped at the chance to do what he could to help.
 

‘The best thing about working for OnePlate is the tribe and the mission. We are all there for the same cause and make sure we enjoy ourselves in the process’.


Things you shouldn’t know: If you look in Tristan’s drawer, you’ll find a collection of fake noses. No, he wasn’t a plastic surgeon…but he was clown. And like all clever clowns, he’s got the skill of riding a unicycle down pat.

Tristan’s favourite plate: He can’t resist a beef burger (and recommends Shanklin Café).

OnePlate goes to Africa

 
OnePlate goes to Africa
 

Imagine for a moment the feeling you get waving your child off to school in the morning. A combination of excitement, pride and reassurance that their day will be filled with discovery and wonder. Their minds free to absorb knowledge and dream big about what the future may hold.

Now imagine a world in which creativity and education make way for hard labour. Child labour. For Australians, a world like this seems incomprehensible. Education is one of the cornerstones of our society. For parents in the Democratic Republic of Congo, however, it’s all too real. Children as young as ten are forced to forgo education in order to contribute to the family income.

It doesn’t have to be this way and we’re excited to announce that we’re doing something about it, with the launch of our new ‘family farm’ initiative in Africa. The project will empower families, through education and basic supplies, to better cultivate their own land, producing enough fresh food to sustain themselves, as well as having excess to sell back into the community. Ultimately, this will see children freed from the burden of financial support and allow them back into the classroom, where they belong.

The bottom line? We need to raise $30,000 during the month of June in order to fund this project over the next three years, providing a lifetime of self-sufficiency. It’s an ambitious goal, but with your support, it’s one we can achieve together.

With the end of the financial year approaching, there’s never been a better time to make a tax-deductible donation to OnePlate. We’re urging all of our OnePlate tribe members to get behind this incredibly important cause. Donate, share and encourage others to do the same. Together we can change the world.

 
 

* Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible through our aid partner World Relief Australia.


Photo by Hanna Morris

Looking Back While Moving Forward

 
 

They say time flies when you’re having fun. Well, with today marking OnePlate’s first birthday since launch, we can say with certainty that the same applies to changing lives. The last year has absolutely flown by!

We’ve achieved a lot in a short space of time. We spread the OnePlate message through a number of key sponsorships, collaborations & events, hit the ground running in Manila with Agricultural Scientist, Don Van Cooten, cooked up a storm with our MasterChef ambassadors and, most importantly, we funded a number of incredible initiatives that are changing the lives of communities in need. Oh, and we found ourselves a new home at The Commons - fist pump.

It’s been an incredible journey so far and to everyone involved, from our venues and volunteers to our wonderful tribe of supporters and donors, a pat on the back and a big high five! Far from resting on our laurels, though, our focus continues to be on the future. We’ve got some big plans for the next 12 months and with your help, we’ll continue to make a positive impact combatting world hunger. 

As always, thanks for being an important part of our mission. Please continue to spread the word where you can. 

Turn one plate into a supply for life

Turn one plate into a supply for life

Each year over 9 million people die of hunger-related causes.

There are a lot of good solutions waiting to be implemented, they just need to be funded.

OnePlate has spent a lot of time researching the best projects to maximise donor impact.

For this reason, OnePlate is committed to sponsoring food projects that are sustainable and that provide long-term solutions.

Make a Difference

Nourishment can be defined as "the food required to facilitate life, growth, and health" and, as Australians, it's something the majority of us take for granted in our everyday lives. For the more than 9 million people around the world who die from hunger-related causes each year, though, it’s an unreachable dream that inevitably ends in tragedy.

At OnePlate, our mission is to nourish impoverished communities in developing countries. To breathe life, health and hope back into them. It’s not simply a matter of putting food on plates, however — it’s more than that. We’re passionate about building sustainable food projects so that those in need can benefit in the long term, growing stronger through both individual and community nourishment.

It’s a big, complex issue, but our message to you couldn’t be simpler. Encourage your local café or restaurant to partner with OnePlate and start making a difference now.

Like the difference our rooftop garden in the Philippines is making. With the help of our OnePlate tribe, we’ve been able to partner with the Breaking Hunger Cycle Initiative to support a local NGO that’s been feeding street kids in Manila for over 20 years. The development of the new rooftop garden directly benefits over 500 people in the area, providing not only fresh fruit and vegetables but also an important therapeutic escape from the realities of street life.

It doesn’t stop there, either. We’re continuing to support this important cause by committing to raise money for the development of a new integrated farming enterprise outside of the city, to supply additional food for the feeding program and provide a stimulus for agriculture-based social enterprises in the region. Stay tuned for more on this!

Of course, none of this would be possible without the continued support of our OnePlate tribe. Whether you’re a venue, a donor or simply a passionate follower, thanks for being a part of it. Please spread the word where you can.

Regina Wursthorn

Regina Wursthorn

As OnePlate’s superwoman of all things finance and operations, Regina’s talent lies in ensuring the everyday running of the organisation is effortless. Inspired by women in leadership, Regina is passionate about her role within OnePlate, and believes world change can happen when everyone makes these small choices when eating out. When she’s not working full-time at WorkSafe Victoria, or helping OnePlate at night, you’ll find Regina wiggling her ears as she takes her 4 children to her favourite OnePlate restaurants.