Criterion recently held our most successful fundraiser to date in the form of a hot chili eating competition!
With no limit on the number of nominations each person could make, everyone in the office was encouraged to put their colleagues forward by donating $2 per vote. Things got tactical as we neared the event, with cross-department collusions appearing to seal the top five.
But with minutes to go until nomination deadline, everything changed and some of our previously nomination-free workmates ended up faced with a bowl of mixed chilies, a glass of milk and some yoghurt to help them along the way. The top five were joined by our HR Manager, Vicki, as the wildcard from our Senior Leadership team and were given five minutes to get through as many chilies as they could manage.
As the tears of her competitors started to flow, Vicki quickly took the lead, nonchalantly chomping through her bowl until the last pepper was gone…
While the competitors recovered, the rest of us tucked into the ‘International Food Day’ dishes we had all brought in to share. At $5-10 a plate, we raised further contributions for House of Welcome before all leftovers were collected by OzHarvest, a perishable food rescue organisation that collects excess food and delivers it to charities.
We’re proud to have raised over $2,100 for House of Welcome, which supports refugees and asylum seekers in their transition to life in Australia. Thanks to our Corporate Giving Committee for their hard work in organising such a successful (and entertaining) event, and of course to our chili champs for being such good sport!