Update: THE WINNER OF THE MIXER IS ELIN DAVIES. Elin would you please send me an email using the link in the upper left hand corner of the blog so I can coordinate sending this mixer to you? I saw your comment at the bottom of the post but there is no link back to you nor an email address.
If you're a food blogger or an avid reader of food blogs, you might already know what Menu for Hope is and how it works. If you're not, please read on and go to the link above as well to find out all about Menu for Hope from its founder, Pim of Chez Pim.
As a result of the catastrophic tsunami in Southeast Asia six years ago, Pim conceived and organized the Menu for Hope raffle; Each December, food bloggers gather resources to offer food-related items up for a charitable auction benefiting the UN World Food Programme.
For every US$10 (approximately GBP6,20 or EU6,85) donated, you earn one virtual raffle ticket to bid on an item of your choice and the choice is astounding, with bid items coming from all over the world. You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you want, giving you that many opportunities to win. At the end of the two-week campaign, the raffle tickets are drawn and the results announced on Chez Pim.
This year's campaign starts today the 14th of December and ends on the 25th, Christmas Day.
The winners will be announced on January 18th, 2010 on Pim's blog.
And now to the meat of the matter, so here we go, I am offering the following item for auction:
A Kenwood food mixer with automatic electronic speed control with pulse, so it maintains speed and power regardless of the load. The Kenwood mixer has a 4.6L(4.8Qt) capacity, and is supplied with K-beater, whisk, and dough hook attachments for all your kneading, mixing and whisking needs. This item has a retail value of US$350.
I will ship this item anywhere in the world (customs and other regulations permitting, so please check that I can ship this item to your country before bidding) but please note the power cord will be a British three-pin plug (220V) and you will be responsible for finding your own adapter and/or transformer.
Having said that, if you do not live in a country that uses 220V outlets (for instance, the US) and want to bid on the mixer, please read this post David Lebovitz wrote about using kitchen mixers in countries with differing voltages first, including the comments section which contains many readers' solutions to issues with their kitchen mixers.
To be more specific, Europe uses 220V outlets, the US and I believe Canada do not and are on 110V outlets. If you live in a European country with 220V outlets, you will only need an adapter to make the appliance's plug fit into your country's standard plugs. If you live in the US or Canada, you would need a transformer to convert the voltage to 110V, but you shouldn't just assume that using a transformer will make the mixer work perfectly without any issues, so please go read the post linked above and come back with any further questions you might have; I will do my best to answer questions using my father (the electrical engineer) for reference.
Remember that all it takes for an opportunity to win this mixer is at least one donation of US$10.
THE RAFFLE ITEM CODE FOR THIS MIXER IS EU36.
Happy bidding and good luck!
To Donate and Enter the Menu for Hope Raffle:
Here's what you need to do:
1. Choose a bid item or bid items of your choice from our Menu for Hope main bid item list.
2. Go to Pim's page and fill out this Menu for Hope 6 Donation Form or go to the donation site at Firstgiving and make a donation.
3. Please specify which bid item you'd like in the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per bid item, and please use the bid item code.
Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a bid item of your choice. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02 - 2xEU01, 3xEU02.
4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.
5. Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.