Invitation to host fundraising dinner at home

chicken and vegetable casserole on table

For those of us in Victoria, we’re really looking forward to the time when we can invite extended family and friends into our homes to share a lovely meal around the kitchen table. The current COVID pandemic has certainly provided many opportunities for us to think creatively in terms of how we ‘do life’ and how we remain connected in a meaningful way, to those we love and serve.

We’ve also had to rethink how we help raise much needed funds for our mission and outreach entity, Highways and Byways – A Community Of Service, which supports people and communities, particularly those experiencing disadvantage and exclusion in rural Australia. Highways and Byways does this through its annual small grants and longer term programs where it partners with local community organisations to build stronger communities. Click here to see the 2020 grant recipients and their projects.

Together with the Board of Highways and Byways, we’ve been been brainstorming throughout the year, and have decided that a fun and safe way to help raise funds is through hosted dinners in your own home. We actually trialled fundraising dinners last year amongst the Board, friends of the Board and the MSS, resulting in evenings of great company, delicious dinners, and an opportunity to let others learn a little more of Highways and Byways.


With all of this in mind, on behalf of Highways and Byways, we’re inviting you to join with us! Share a meal with family (and friends if you’re allowed to) as part of a ‘Food for the Highways and Byways Fundraising Dinner’. Send whatever you can raise. We’re just delighted that you’ve joined our community!  We are especially calling on our supporters outside Victoria, as Victorians may be restricted for quite some time!

How does it work?

If you decide you’d like to support Highways and Byways in this way, simply send an email to Andrea at with your name, address and intention to hold a dinner or whatever meal you may choose! We will then send you a dinner pack to kick off your event beautifully. This will contain some fabulous recipes from our beautiful MSS Food For The Highways and Byways Cookbook published last year, some extra newsletters and promotional material to give to your guests, as well as a set of beautiful Highways and Byways placemats and napkins. How can you resist!?

How much do I charge guests to join the dinner?

You can charge your guests as little or as much as you like. We are appreciative of ANY size donation.

What if I don’t know very much about Highways and Byways?

You will have copies of Highways and Byways’ latest newsletter to give out. We also suggest you have a look through the Highways and Byways website and direct others to have a look for themselves, maybe even before they join your dinner so they can start to get an idea what their dinner donation will go towards.

What is the timeline? When do I need to have the dinner?

There is no definite date, but if possible, we would like everyone to hold their event between now and the end of December 2020 at whatever date and time of day suits – brunches, lunches, afternoon tea parties, cocktails and nibbles, three course dinners – whatever you fancy!

Can I have more than one dinner?

Absolutely! Have as many as you like! And please, send us photos!!

What are we raising funds for?

All proceeds from the dinners will go towards Highways and Byways’ Small Grants Program for 2021.

How can I get the funds to Highways and Byways?

It’s easy. You can donate safely online on the Highways and Byways website.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque to Highways and Byways Ltd (PO BOX 2075, Rangeview, Victoria, 3132) or you can do direct credit into the account: Highways and Byways Ltd BSB: 06 3146 Acc Number 1047 8142

Together with our team at Highways and Byways, our community of women are going to continue to promote these dinners for the rest of the year. We would love it if you could send in any photos of your get-togethers. And if you post them to Facebook, please include us! You can find us on Facebook, here.  We’re also on Twitter.

Good luck, have fun and don’t hesitate to contact us anytime if you need more supplies.

Download Fundraising Dinner Invitation and more info about Food for the Highways and Byways cookbook, here.