Delicious lunch a fine way to raise the cash

Lunch is served by Scott Gooding and Luke Hines at Splitters Creek yesterday. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON
Lunch is served by Scott Gooding and Luke Hines at Splitters Creek yesterday. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON

TWO finalists in last year’s series of My Kitchen Rules yesterday whipped up a two-course feast for some lucky women at a Splitters Creek home.

Bondi personal trainers Luke Hines and Scott Gooding, who had their cooking skills auctioned at last year’s Aspire Oaks Day ladies luncheon, have now delivered, preparing lunch for those who lodged the winning bid.

Hines and Gooding started the day with breakfast at Albury’s Paleo Cafe before holding a book-signing at Dymocks in Albury to promote their books Clean Living and Clean Living Cookbook.

The pair said their visit to the Border had been a great opportunity to help the community.

Hines, who is a friend of one of the luncheon organisers, said he had been to Albury several times and it was always an easy decision to return.

“It’s a no-brainer, using our profiles and books to come down and help a great community and an old friend,” Hines said.

“It’s really important to us and a good opportunity to give back.”

About $7000 was raised at last year’s Oaks Day luncheon with all the money going to the Aspire Commercial Club community grants fund which supports individuals, families and community groups affected by disability.

Event organiser Lizzie Pogson said the most recent grant recipient had attended Professor Tony Attwood’s Autism conference on July 25 and that had proved to be of great assistance to the person’s family.

First-time visitor, Gooding said he too was “blown away” by the city’s sense of community.

“I love it,” Gooding said.

“It’s refreshing to come to regional towns, there is a really strong sense of community.”

On the menu for lunch was whole baked ocean trout with fennel pistachio crust, chilli brussels sprouts and their signature avocado cacao mousse.

All ingredients for the meal were donated by Border businesses.

Applications for the next round of Aspire grants close next Tuesday.