IN GOOD TASTE: The Great Lennox Pie Off for National Pie Week. Pictured are Marius Chmurzynski owner of Marius Cafe and Andy Wheeler, owner of Ellenix Restaurant.
IN GOOD TASTE: The Great Lennox Pie Off for National Pie Week. Pictured are Marius Chmurzynski owner of Marius Cafe and Andy Wheeler, owner of Ellenix Restaurant. Patrick Gorbunovs

Rugby league's anti-violence message meatier for pie week

ALMOST a dozen Lennox Head cafes and restaurants will be putting pies on the menu in support of the country's first ever National Pie Week.

The week-long pastry promotion from March 8-14 is a Lennox Head initiative aimed at raising money for the Australian charity Rugby League Against Violence (RLAV).

The organisation aims to reduce domestic and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea and Australia through Rugby League by educating young people about gender equality and safe and respectful relationships.

All of the profits from pies sold during National Pie Week will be donated to the organisation.

RLAV gender equity specialist and Lennox Head local Kiri Dicker said the first ever National Pie Week would be held in Lennox Head and Wollongong this year with aims to expand the promotion nationally in following years.

"I think men want to get involved on the issue of violence against women, but it's a difficult issue for them to engage in," she said.

"But most men like rugby and so it's provided them with an easy way to get involved in a really sensitive issue."

Ms Dicker said even violence against women in Papua New Guinea affects Australians more than most people would realise.

"Women in Papua New Guinea who suffer really greatly from domestic violence, it's withholding billions and billions of dollars from the economy because women aren't able to work as much," she said.

"So that impacts the economic situation in PNG and Australia's the main aid donor to PNG so it affects our government's priorities and how we distribute aid."

Simon Cass from The Point Cafe, who will make a Mexican bean pie for the week, said it was a cause most people were willing to support.

"It's for a good cause and being a chef, I like playing around with food and it's something different," he said.

Ellenix owner and head chef Andy Wheeler is also getting behind the cause, with either a Moroccan lamb or green chicken curry pie.

At a glance

Restaurants already signed up for National Pie Day include: Blackboard, Marius, Shorty's, Beef + Beach, Quattro, The Lennox Bakery, Groovers, Seed and Husk and Club Lennox.

To find out more go to rlav.org.au or fb.com/ piesagainstviolence


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