Everyone has an ANZAC story and where my love of the humble ANZAC biscuit originated.
My family were farmers during the wars and chose to stay and continue to supply food and feed the country. My father joined the Army reserve during his time at Gatton Ag College (now Gatton University) and my uncle was subscripted to go to Vietnam but never actually went as the war finished before he was required to serve a tour. So, I really had a very limited association personally with the war and diggers and the stories as a child. What I do remember, is travelling into Springsure, my hometown, which was an hour away on dirt rounds from our family farm for the mid-morning ANZAC ceremony. It was not a fan-fair at all, like we know and love today, in fact, it was the opposite, a hand full of people came to pay their respects. The old diggers looked sad and withdrawn. There was no sense of pride it seemed to me to be a day of deep sorrow. Our local schools were always involved in a small parade which I remember proudly being involved in throughout my schooling. However, my fondest memory was that of baking my grandmother’s famous ANZAC biscuit recipe. Amongst all the fancy biscuits my mother made as a wonderful cook, this ANZAC biscuit recipe was by far by favourite.
I went on to continue this tradition but my own family and children had various food intolerances so changes to the precious recipe had to be made. I had created my own flour formulas and owned a business called Brighterlife Wheat Free Foods. selling pre-mix flour formulas to people with Gluten, wheat and dairy intolerances like us, I developed a whole range of ways to still enjoy the humble ANZAC biscuit and share with others.
In 2019 we launched our ANZAC biscuit just in time for ANZAC Day. We were fortunate enough to meet a local manufacturer here in Toowoomba who saw our vision and their baker locked in on the challenge of perfecting this biscuit for me to meet all my crazy requirements. We are so proud of this biscuit and are excited to be selling the ANZAC biscuit Retail Packs, week on week across IGA and health food all around Australia. In 2020 we committed to introducing a snack pack for the convenience market to gain further reach and a Food Service pack.
We were given an opportunity to collaborate with Legacy and were excited to find they were also searching for other ways to fundraise as most of their fund-raising opportunities in 2020 had been cancelled. So essentially as of April 1st 2020 every purchase made by customers either online or within stores, a % will be donated to Legacy to help support their cause.
Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of veterans who have died or become incapacitated either on service or subsequently. This extends to veterans who have served in the war and on peacekeeping and humanitarian missions.
Today, Legacy's compassionate service assists over 52,000 beneficiaries, with 82% over 76 years of age and dependants with a disability through innovative and practical programs aimed at:
• Protecting the basic needs of individuals and families.
• Advocating for the entitlements, rights and benefits of individuals and families.
• Assisting families to cope with bereavement.
• Helping people thrive, despite their adversity and loss.
We have some beautiful Commemorative ANZAC biscuit packs which will include a special Isolation Trivia card, competition details and a sprig of rosemary during April. Please feel free to Pay a pack forward as we are more than happy to send to a friend or family.