LIFE can be confusing, frustrating and sometimes frightening for people living with dementia, yet the smell of a roast meal can conjure up warm, reassuring memories.
Community Vision chief executive Michelle Jenkins said this was the inspiration behind the A Roast to Remember fundraising concept in 2018, where people invited friends, family and neighbours together for a special roast dinner.
Perth’s new release recipe book for charity Recipes to Remember is part of the A Roast to Remember initiative launched by Community Vision to fundraise for a community dementia bus.
It features much-loved recipes from ‘Perthonalities’ who all have personal experiences with dementia, including celebrity cook Anna Gare, singer-songwriter Phil Walleystack, Perth Glory player Dino Djulbic, butcher Vince Garreffa and former Community News journalist Belinda Cipriano.
Each has shared a recipe for either an appetising entrée, favourite roast dish or delicious dessert plus their story of a loved one with the heartbreaking condition.
A Roast to Remember has so far raised enough money to buy the bus and its fit-out and all sales from the recipe book will help keep the dementia bus going and expand its services.
“With the dream of the community dementia bus now a reality, we’re aiming for more advanced technology within the bus and funds to support the two staff required to service it,” Jenkins said.
“Our aim is to visit a minimum of two locations each week covering metro, regional and rural WA.”
Anna Gare said she agreed to participate in the charity book because her mum Kate was in her 12th year of living with dementia.
“She’s funny and often inappropriate, we laugh a lot and sometimes cry,” Gare said.
“She’s still essentially Kate, and we will endeavour to look after her at home until the very end. She has been the best mum, and now it’s our turn to look after her.
“I chose to include Slow Roasted Pork Belly out of my Eat In book because like most people, she adores crunchy and succulent roast pork belly.”
Recipes to Remember was launched at The Shoe Bar and Café on October 31 and is available at www.aroasttoremember.com.au.