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Going meat free for one week creates a great opportunity to get people thinking about how much meat they eat and the impact eating too much meat may have.
With education, awareness and the information to make informed choices, the goal is that for the other 51 weeks of the year meat-eaters will consider portion sizes when including meat as part of a balanced diet.
Meat Free Week challenges participants to give up meat for seven days and raise funds for a great cause.
As the health partner of Meat Free Week since 2014, Bowel Cancer Australia continues to support this dynamic awareness and fundraising campaign that motivates action.
Bowel Cancer Australia's vision is to have an everlasting impact on our health future - one where no Australian dies from bowel cancer.
Meat Free Week participants have the opportunity to raise funds in support of Bowel Cancer Australia’s vital bowel cancer prevention programs, to help save lives and to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with and beyond bowel cancer.
Celebrating its seventh year, everyone is invited to take the Meat Free Week challenge and discover how easy it is to make little changes that can create a big difference.
Delicious recipes are just the start.
Challenge yourself, your family, your friends and colleagues to give up meat for seven days.
Sign up to fundraise for Bowel Cancer Australia this Meat Free Week.
Sign up and donate $25 to Bowel Cancer Australia this Meat Free Week.
If you're already living meat free, there are still plenty of ways you can get involved in Meat Free Week.
Further details, delicious meat-free recipe ideas and helpful resources are also available on the dedicated campaign website - meatfreeweek.org
Meat Free Week: Eat well. Live well. Be well.
- Adopt a physically active lifestyle.
- Consume a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant-based foods.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
The latest statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics found that the average Australian now consumes 27.9kg of pork per year, more than double the 11.7kg in 1975. In addition, Aussies eat around 27.9kg of beef per person, per year.
The World Health Organisation has classified red meat – including, beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse, and goat – as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.
WHO found an even stronger link between processed meat – such as salami and hotdogs, and bowel cancer. Listing the consumption of processed meat as carcinogenic to humans.
Studies conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund show bowel cancer risk increases by 17% per 100g of red meat consumed per day and that bowel cancer risk increases by 18% per 50g of processed meat consumed per day.
If you choose to eat red meat, research recommends limiting the amount to 500 grams per week and to avoid processed meats; such as bacon, ham and salami. On average, Australians consume 565 grams of red meat per week.
The goal is that with education, awareness and the information to make informed choices, meat-eaters will consider portion sizes if including meat as part of a balanced diet during the other 51 weeks of the year.
Meat Free Week is all about raising awareness. For meat lovers, it’s not about promoting a complete shift to a vegetarian or vegan diet. The campaign supports a pause and opportunity for people to make more informed decisions if they’re eating over the recommended intake.
- ¼ cooked hamburger = 80g
- 8 oz steak = 170g
- Spaghetti bolognese sauce = 100g
- 1 large sausage = 40g processed meat
- 3 slices of ham = 70g processed meat
Read more about how you can reduce your bowel cancer risk.
- Write a short blurb about why you’re participating in Meat Free Week.
- Upload a profile picture.
- Select your fundraising target.
- Encourage everyone you know to make a donation in support of your Meat Free Week efforts by sharing your unique fundraising page URL.
Spread the word
- Start fundraising early and share your plans with others.
- Use your personal fundraising page to invite friends via email or Social Media.
- Tweet your support and/or Instagram your favourite meat-free meals.
- The social media buttons on your personal fundraising page will help make this easier.
- Educate yourself, family and friends on the impact eating too much meat can have by visiting our Get Your Veg Out blog/news page.
- Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram - remember to hashtag #MeatFreeWeek.
Plan your week
- Check out the delicious meat free recipes provided by our favourite chefs and foodies.
- Head to our helpful resources pages - Easy peasy fundraising tips, health and wellbeing ideas for your workplace and free downloadable posters, social media images and other resources.
- Stock up on supplies.
- Have fun!
Already a Vegetarian or Vegan?
As you’ve probably worked out, Meat Free Week is aimed at meat eaters, but that doesn’t mean vegetarians and vegans can’t get involved.
We hope that Meat Free Week creates an opportunity for you to encourage meat loving friends or family to take a break from meat for a week and discover some great, meat free, plant-based alternatives.
- Ask some meat loving friends to sign up for the challenge.
- Sponsor them and/or offer to cook a meat free meal during the week.
- Host a dinner party during Meat Free Week and ask guests to make a donation in support of the campaign.
- If you are alreday vegetarian, you may like to challenge yourself to go vegan for the week.
- Arrange a gathering where everyone brings along a vegetarian or vegan plate.
- Organise a night out at a vegetarian or vegan restaurant or cafe. Ask everyone to chip in a bit extra and donate the contribution to the campaign.
- If you're short on time, then one of the simplest ways to get involved is to make a donation.
- If you have other ideas, feel free to submit a fundraising proposal.
Thanks for your support!
Meat Free Week: Sign up to take part offline
Download Meat Free Week fundraising resources, including promotional posters and flyers, or order your free Meat Free Week Supporter Pack.
Please Note: If you are planning to do online fundraising ONLY, there's no need to complete the a proposal, simply sign up online and you're good to go!
- LET EVERYONE KNOW: spread the word that you are taking part in Meat Free Week with family and friends whether that be face-to-face, via email, online or over the phone, chat to your work colleagues, get something included in your club/group newsletter, encourage as many people as possible to take the challenge with you.
- ADD INFO: did you know fundraisers that customise their fundraising page by adding a photo/video or updating their blog raise more funds. Why not share photos of the meat free dishes you are eating for each of the seven days. So what are you waiting for? Update your fundraising page now.
- BE SOCIAL: post your fundraiser details on your social media pages. Remember to include the campaign hashtag #MeatFreeWeek so that we can share/re-tweet.
- CREATE: make a poster or flyer about your fundraising and distribute them around your workplace or local community (be sure to receive the appropriate charity/company/council approvals first). Free poster templates are available for download from Bowel Cancer Australia's online shop.
- WORK IT: ask the HR department at work if they can put a posting about your fundraising on the company intranet or in the company newsletter. Investigate if your employer matches charity donations (many large and/or community conscious organisations do). Hold a Meat Free Week luncheon or morning tea at your workplace – to help we’ve created an event poster that you can download and some extra tips on hosting an event at work.
- PROMOTE: contact your local newspaper to see if they will feature your story and fundraising efforts in the next edition.
- BREAK IT DOWN: break your fundraising down into achievable bite-sized chunks. For example: sponsorship from your family - $200, vegetarian dinner with friends - $200, morning tea at work - $100. $500 reached!
- FOLLOW UP: keep those reminders coming, follow people up and provide regular updates on how your Meat Free Week challenge is going.
- GIVE THANKS: be sure to thank all your donors and sponsors, tell them why their support is so important and how their donation will help by posting individual thank you comments for every donation received, updating your fundraising page regularly and sharing posts on your social media.
- ENCOURAGE INVOLVEMENT: invite family and friends to get involved by signing up to take part in the Meat Free Week challenge or encourage them to sponsor someone who is taking part.
- HAVE FUN: big or small it is up to you, every little bit helps. The main thing is to have fun doing it and support a cause close to your heart.
- START LOCAL: your local community will usually be the ones to support you most. Start with local shops and businesses when it comes to asking for donations and support for an event.
- BE ORGANISED: the key to successful fundraising is being organised! It’s a great idea to plan your meals for each of the seven days before Meat Free Week commences. It will make it so much easier (and more fun) to stick to your resolve. Get some inspiration from our recipe page by clicking here.