What on earth is ‘Dining Al Desko’?

Definition: To eat ‘while working at one’s desk in an office’ — it’s a real thing, so says The Oxford English Dictionary!

Well we’re not looking for people to literally eat at their desk (we don’t want to be responsible for crumb covered keyboards). We want you to enjoy a shared dining experience with your co-workers this October and November.

Where the food comes from is up to you, though we have some solid suggestions below. What matters is that people connect with colleagues, enjoy some tasty food, and donate the normal price of lunch (say a fiver) to help children in Zambia — then get your company to match the raised amount —Easy!

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Step 1. Plan

Decide what kind of AL Desko lunch you want to organise

– It can come in any format but here are some suggestions!

  • Colleagues each bring a dish to work for a shared lunch.
  • Interdepartmental cook off — I.T. department cooks a tasty feast for Finance…
  • Take the easy option and do takeaway .

Step 2. Eat

Eat, drink* and be merry!

Set a date for your event during the months of October and November.
Once the day arrives, enjoy a fantastic shared dining experience with your friends and colleagues!

*Non-alcoholic, of course ; )

Step 3. Donate

Support the work of Gorta-Self Help Africa in Zambia

Collect the typical cost of lunch from everyone who took part, with a minimum contribution of €5.00 per person.
Ask your company to match the amount raised.
Donate the proceeds from your Dine Al Desko event to Gorta-Self Help Africa, supporting their work with malnourished children in Zambia.

Thanks to Participating Companies 2016

  • Salesforce
    Abbey Capital
    The Farmers Journal
    Just Eat
    Sigmar Recruitment

  • Webfactory
    St Louis High School
    Guinness Europe

  • United Drug
    McKeever Solicitors
    Etsy Ireland
    Strong Roots
    KI Youth Club
    Makers & Brothers

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What’s it all about?


Self Help Africa invite companies in Ireland to hold a Dine Al Desko event for one day this October. Dine Al Desko coincides with the UN’s World Food Day on Oct 16th. World Food Day brings people together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger — which is also what we’re aiming to achieve through our Dine Al Desko campaign.

This year, all funds raised will support malnourished children in Zambia, and our ongoing efforts to reduce childhood stunting rates in Luwingu and Mbala Districts. Stunting affects not only a child’s physical growth, but other areas of general development.

Our work so far in this area shows great promise; in just a short time we’ve already reduced rates of overall stunting from 53% to 50%. With your help, we can continue this life-changing work. It’s so easy to get involved: simply share some food — which we’re fortunate to have an abundance of — with colleagues and donate the cost of lunch. Ask your workplace to match your donations.

Sign up your workplace for Dine Al Desko today and change the lives of children in Zambia through nutrition.

Register now and win!

James Kavanagh explains how it works:

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Register for your free event pack to be in with a chance to win James Kavanagh and William Murray from Currabinny to come to your office to cook you and your colleagues lunch on 15th November – winner will be announced on November 8th – Good luck!.



How to Donate

You can send the funds you’ve raised via bank transfer to:
Account name – Gorta Self Help Africa
Branch – Bank of Ireland Tinahealy
Sort Code 90-66-70
A/C 71012834
IBAN: IE45BOFI90667071012834