CLICK is a monthly food photography event. It is a theme-based contest. You do not need a blog to participate. Each month, entries will be invited based on a culinary ingredient or concept. More about it HERE.
Previous editions of CLICK HERE.
Updated on July 18, 2008
TOTAL on July 15, 2008 – around $17,000
This is a special edition of CLICK, tinged with sadness and filled with hope.
Yellow is the happiest colour in the spectrum. It signifies hope and enlightenment. Though the work of the LiveStrong Foundation, it has also come to signify the fight against cancer.
This month’s CLICK is in honour of Briana Brownlow – ‘Bri’ to her friends.
CLICK YELLOW for Bri. It can be can ingredient, a dish, a concept, cookware, a location – anything in a culinary setting – and send it to us before June 30, 2008.
CLICK is a food photography contest. Please stick to the culinary theme.
This edition of CLICK has special prizes for the winners and is our means of showing our support for a very special friend and fellow blogger. RULES, PANEL OF JUDGES AND DETAILS BELOW.
Bri is one of the 5% of women diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 30. That was two and a half years ago. In her words,
“I was 28 … I was told I would need a mastectomy (full removal) of my right breast. It was horrifying and surreal. Particularly since I watched my mom go through her diagnosis of breast cancer, a mastectomy and chemotherapy 14 years earlier. She was just 41 and died within six months.”
In August 2007, she started Figs With Bri – a serene, beautiful space where she shares with us her creative experiments with wonderful local organic ingredients. A month and a half ago, her worst fears came true. She learnt that her cancer has returned and metastasized to her lungs, her lymph nodes and several areas in her bones and is at Stage IV. (More at Figs with Bri)
As the great Lance Armstrong said about people like himself battling cancer: “We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell.”
Bri has chosen to fight like hell. Though fatigued and in pain, she makes us smile with her calm reassuring e-mails about how she’s feeling stronger and focusing on healing. She continues to blog with great clarity about her options, and enthuse us with her beautiful culinary creations.
Some of you have fought your own battles with cancer and many of you have had family members and close friends in Bri’s shoes. You are aware of the great toll cancer takes on the whole family. There are never-ending rounds of hospital visits to be made, different diagnoses to be sought, special meals to be prepared, time off to be taken from work … and huge bills to be paid.
How huge? To give you an idea, in the past two years, Bee has had two medical scares – one involved one MRI and one minor surgery, another involved one MRI and a physical exam. We had insurance coverage. Yet, our out-of-pocket costs for these preliminary screenings (that turned out negative for cancer) were close to 3,000 dollars.
It’s mind-blogging to contemplate how much those diagnosed with cancer have to shell out each time they visit the physician or the hospital, even with insurance. Ever since her cancer returned, Bri has had several rounds of diagnoses and tests. She’s approaching her treatment differently from two years ago, using alternatives like mistletoe extract injections (Iscador), Xeloda (a tablet form of chemo), powerfully healing herbs, a special organic diet, and much more.
We were distressed to learn that her health insurance has turned down her request to cover the holistic alternatives which she would like to try.
Bri needs to explore ALL treatment options, not just those her insurance is willing to cover. So we asked her for a number. How much would a year’s treatment cost in addition to insurance coverage? Could we help her raise that amount?
The answer was 12,000 U.S. dollars – that’s just for ONE YEAR. Four months of intensive chemo and surgery two years ago have given her a fair idea of what the monetary costs will be. Bri was concerned about putting out an appeal for such a large amount and wondered whether it was worthwhile to do so. Yes, it does appear daunting, but as Norman Vincent Peale said:
“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there.”
When Bri and bloggers like her give so selflessly of their time, talent and knowledge, they do not expect anything in return. When she is faced with trying circumstances we, as fellow bloggers and readers, cannot direct the wind. However, as an acknowledgement of the positive impact she has had on our lives, we could at least try to steady the sails.
Right now, Bri needs to focus every ounce of her energy on healing. She is surrounded by a very loving family of artists – her husband Marc is a graphic and product designer. (See his site), her parents-in law Cynthia and Bill are web and graphic designers. They need to focus single-mindedly on caring for her and for each other, rather than worry about where the money for her treatment is going to come from.
We need 500 people willing to support Bri with a contribution of at least 25 dollars. That would help cover Bri’s out-of-pocket treatment costs for the next 12 months. Would you like to be one of them?
This edition of CLICK is more than a photo event. It is a fundraiser for our dear Briana. She was 15 when she saw her mother die of breast cancer. Now, she’s waging her own war.
for helping us co-ordinate this effort. And to all the generous friends of Jugalbandi and Bri who contributed prizes for the raffle. You exemplify LOVE-IN-ACTION.
WE LOVE YOU, BRI !!!
HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE
MAKE A DONATION
Using the Chip-In button, pay securely with your credit card or Pay Pal.
This links directly to Bri’s account, and every penny will go towards her treatment.
The LIST OF DONORS will be updated every two days HERE at Figs with Bri.
We wrote to some of our friends and fellow bloggers who have been part of CLICK in the past – as judges, winners and supporters. We wrote to some of Bri’s friends. And we were floored by their love and generosity.They have contributed some great prizes as part of a raffle for this fundraiser.
AFTER MAKING YOUR DONATION USING CHIP-IN
GO TO THE IMAGE GALLERY
The image gallery will take you to the DONATION PAGE. You can state which item you are bidding for on that page. There are also some extra prizes on offer by PARTICIPATING BLOGS. these prizes offered by PARTICIPATING BLOGS.
*** A package of gourmet goodies from Italy.
Donated by Joanne @ Frutto Della Passione. Includes olive oil, balsamic vinegar, saffron, dried porcini mushroom, black truffle chocolates and Illy coffee. Bid price: $25. Shipping: Worldwide.
*** A big loaf of homemade Portuguese Sweet Bread (Masa)
Donated by Denise and Laudalino. Details at Chez Us. Bid Price: $25. Code: Masa. Shipping: U.S. only.
*** A long list of edible and non-edible goodies from Wandering Chopsticks The include Malaysian and Indonesian specialty food items and hand-knit scarves.
Details at Wandering Chopsticks. Bid Price: $10, Code: Wandering Chopsticks.
*** A package of gourmet goodies from Serbia.
Donated by Marija @ Palachinka. Includes Green pine needles syrup, European Cornel fruit jam, Ajvar, Mountain Rtanj plant herbal tea, a bag of dried ground red paprika seasoning, a package of Kulinat without additives (seasoning similar to Vegeta) and a handmade crocheted doily made by her grandma. All of the jarred products are premium quality, made by hand, by traditional recipes from the company Food Land line Bakina Tajna (Grandma’s Secret) with no additives and artificial colors. Code: Palachinka, Bid price: $25. Shipping: Worldwide.
*** An apartment for a week in the Italian countryside.
Donated by Sally @ Casalba News.
A one week holiday in Italy for two in an apartment with a double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. THERE IS NO BIDDING FOR THIS PRIZE. The first person who pays $500 and wants to use the place gets it. (The offer is for LODGING ONLY. Airfares and train fares not included.)
Offer must be used within two years and the dates will have to be arranged based on availability.
*** Handmade purse from Indonesia made by artisans in Java. Donated by Dwiana Porter. Bid: $30. Shipping: Worldwide. Details and bidding guidelines @ The Adventure of My Cooking Diary.
Details HERE. Send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this prize or want further details. Deadline: July 15.
PARTICIPATE IN CLICK: THE PHOTO EVENT
… to show your support for Bri. This month, in addition to the usual categories for judging (see them below), there will be an ADDITIONAL WINNER. Bri’s favourite entry among the top 25 will also feature in the winner’s list.
THERE ARE TWO PRIZES ON OFFER.
The winner of CLICK SPECTRA (Overall)
This encyclopedia of Indian cooking leads both the casual and vocational cook through what constitutes a curry – its ingredients, techniques, spices and herbs. Signed by the author. Shipping: Worldwide.
Lemon Squares in Honor of Bri.
This is a handwoven piece by Bri’s friend and talented artist, Corie Hartig. She made it in keeping with the CLICK theme – Yellow – in honour of Bri. This handwoven runner is made of fine pearl cotton and a beautiful yellow silk. The pattern is a variation of a Finnish Twill that creates squares on the borders of the runner. Width: 13 1/8 inches. Length: 54 inches (includes 2 inches of fringe on each side)
DEADLINE: the 30th of June, midnight, Eastern Standard Time.
Entries should be linked to THIS post.
Do you have a picture that has already appeared on your site? Send it in using the entry form after you have added a link to THIS event accouncement.
The entries will be posted as they arrive. They can be accessed HERE or through the ‘CLICK‘ icon on the right sidebar.
Arfi of HomeMadeS
Elizabeth of Under Consideration
Lien of Notitie van Lien (Winner of CLICK: April 2008)
Manisha of Indian Food Rocks
Sailaja of Sailu’s Food
(By taking part in this event, participants accept that the pictures submitted to Jugalbandi.info have been taken by them, and do not infringe upon the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, of any third party. If challenged, the responsibility to prove the ownership of the picture, as well as all attendant liabilities rest with the participant.
Pictures that have pornographic content or are not family friendly will not be accepted.)
Thank you for your support and participation.
- – Jai and Bee