Red hot chilli jam goes from food to fundraiser

Caroline Devenish-Meares has committed to selling 2000 jars of her homemade chilli jam to raise money for Parkinson's WA. Photo: Ben Smith.
Caroline Devenish-Meares has committed to selling 2000 jars of her homemade chilli jam to raise money for Parkinson's WA. Photo: Ben Smith.

CAROLINE Devenish-Meares is in a traffic jam of the preserves kind, and she could not be happier.

The Coogee resident is filling orders of her homemade chilli jam, which represents her fundraising efforts for Parkinson’s WA this year.

Inspired by a dream to make a sizeable contribution to Parkinson’s WA, she committed to selling 2000 jars of Sweet Caroline’s Chilli Jam by Christmas.

Her jam journey began just last year when she decided to start incorporating chilli in her cooking.

“Last year I had a lot of my own chilli, so I made a lot of jam and gave them away as gifts and in hampers for Christmas,” Ms Devenish-Meares said.

Caroline Devenish-Meares. Photo: Ben Smith.

This year, she decided to use her newfound jam-making skills to raise money for an issue close to her heart. Her husband Rochford has lived with Parkinson’s for the past eight years.

She said the response so far had been overwhelmingly positive.

“I get a really good response from the jam and the people who have bought it,” Mrs Devenish-Meares said.

“I’ve had lots of positiveness from it, so that’s what’s egging me on. I’m enjoying giving back and that’s a good feeling.”

She will have the chance to edge closer to her target at Parkinson’s WA’s Walk in the Park event, where she will have a stall selling the jam, on September 15 at Perry Lakes.

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