Vakkaru Maldives hosted a charity dinner to support the Australian bushfire crisis. Held on January 11, 2019, the dinner raised funds for the for Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).
Vakkaru General Manager, Nicholas Mason, has strong ties to Australia and said he and his team were moved by the plight of Australia and its wildlife and wanted to raise money for WIRES’ dedicated emergency fundraiser.
“We’re located in a UNESCO biosphere reserve here in the Baa Atoll, so we understand the importance and fragility of healthy ecosystems,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking to see so many injured animals and such widespread loss of life and natural habitat.”
“We hope our contribution helps the incredible WIRES team to rescue and care for as many sick, injured and orphaned native animals as possible.”
Guests were invited to an Australian-themed dinner at Vakku Grill. The set menu dinner was inspired by the country’s food culture, using an array of produce and supplies from Australia and the Maldives curated by Nicholas Mason – general manager, Prasong Taochan – executive chef and Stefanie Wiesner – sommelier.
The menu items included braised pork belly with vegemite sauce, grilled Australian black angus beef tenderloin and Tasmanian salmon couscous and chai cake for the main course as well as choices of pavlova and lamington for the dessert.