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Bali in trouble - millions of Aussies stay at home leaving Island of the Gods in dire straits

New 400-page coffee-table cookbook by chef Dean Keddell raises funds for five Bali charities

Chef Dean Keddell is the driving force behind a project to deliver desperately needed funding to five Bali charities to help thousands of families get through the pandemic crisis. More than $257,000 has been raised in just a few months.

Please take a moment to read how you can help.

With Bali welcoming more than one million Australian visitors to the holiday isle in a normal year, the much-loved tourist destination enjoys a thriving tourism-based economy. A year has passed without international tourists and there is no end in sight.

“Bali is in a crisis situation,” said Dean Keddell, restaurateur, executive chef and owner of two of Bali’s most-beloved restaurants, Ginger Moon Canteen and Jackson’s Lily. “This pandemic has reaped havoc amongst families and communities, as well as costing the economy billions of dollars,” he said.

Without tourists, few businesses are open and there is no local work for the majority of the population. That means huge financial stress for most families. While Dean normally employs 130 staff over his two venues, he says he has now had to cut back to a core of 50 and the restaurants remain closed.

“I found myself sitting amongst the chaos wondering what I could do,” he said. “So I thought I would make my staff active by providing a project that we could all get involved in. We began collecting favourite family recipes that have been handed down through the generations of their families and then we expanded to ask local Warung cooks for theirs.”

“We have now produced a beautiful, large hardcover cookbook, Our Bali Your Bali (Bali Kita Bali Kamu), which incorporates lots of colourful images, family and community stories, more than 100 local recipes and a collection from both my restaurant kitchens. At 400 pages it really is more of a coffee-table cookbook,” he said.

The Bali Needs Our Help project is asking people to order books via a Chuffed crowd funder with more than $257,000 raised to date. Dean wants everyone in Australia who has ever visited Bali to support the cause by purchasing a book. The project aims to sell 5,000 books and raise $375,000 with all profits going directly to local charities that have been badly hit. 

“The charities we have chosen are the backbone of Balinese society – they support the poor and vulnerable at the best of times. Now with this pandemic, many more families have joined the ranks of the needy, while the charities have found themselves unable to raise their normal funds,” said Dean Keddell.

“I know for sure that cashflows are at critical levels and these charities need financial aid to continue their wonderful support of local families with food, clothing, education and environmental needs.”

The five charities that will receive funding from the project are:

  1. Bali Children's Foundation - helping thousands of local children to complete school and to find employment. 
  2. Scholars of Sustenance - combatting the effects of COVID-19 by providing nutrition to those in need.
  3. Friends of the National Parks Foundation - working to protect wildlife and their habitats, at the same time supporting local communities.
  4. East Bali Poverty Project - helping people to help themselves
  5. Bali Wise by R.O.L.E Foundation - empowering marginalized women through skills education, as a means to develop sustainable communities.

“If you have ever visited Bali or plan to enjoy some time on our tropical island,” said Keddell, please support us and buy a book. I promise you’ll love all the stories, photos and local recipes. 

Bali’s warm and sincere hospitality has been captured between the covers in order for us to bring our precious Bali to you.”


Project video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMw5RyeiWzY


For further information or to request a 76-page sample of the book, please contact:

Wendy McWilliams, WMC PR: 0421 364 665 E wendy@wmcpr.com.au

Dean Keddell on WhatsApp: +62 813 3724 0760 E: dean@gingermoonbali.com

Jonette Wilton (Publisher, Sunday Press): 0403 680 571 E: jonette@sundaypress.com.au


An extensive selection of high-res images is available including those shown below, plus 17 images can be viewed via the crowd funding page here: https://chuffed.org/project/bali-needs-our-help (top right). Please contact Wendy or Jonette to request any images required. Please credit photographer Candra Sanchez, if you are able.

Please read the attached media release for more information and a selection of images