Broadsheet and Thankyou will host a combined party, art exhibition and ideas panel this month, and it’s all in the name of hand wash and empowerment.

Held at Higher Ground on Little Bourke Street in Melbourne, the evening is designed to launch Thankyou’s new hand wash collaboration with Melbourne abstract artist, Sarah Kelk. It will also highlight the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project in Bangladesh funded by Thankyou.

WASH programs provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene to people in need in developing countries like Bangladesh, India and Papua New Guinea. Alongside hardware like toilets and bathing units, community groups are trained and equipped to maintain the water solution. This provides an opportunity for women in the community to be raised up to a position of influence through the forming of women’s WASH groups.

The launch evening will exhibit stories and photography of women change makers in Bangladesh; food by Higher Ground, including two new Bangladesh-inspired menu items; cocktails by The Everleigh; and tunes by Mell Hall.

The night will also dive deep into the ideas of “momentum” and “empowerment”, through a panel featuring the three distinct voices contributing to the event.

Artist Sarah Kelk will be on hand to explain her creative process, why she named the painting featured on the label design, Momentum, and her interpretation of the brief of female empowerment. Photographer Kim Landy, whose portraiture of women in rural Bangladesh will adorn the walls of the space for the evening, will share individual stories of the women in her bold images. Thankyou Chief Impact Officer Peter Yao will discuss the organisation’s work in Bangladesh and the sustainability of the WASH programs.

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The Higher Ground kitchen led by head chef Paul Bongiovanni will serve North Queensland barramundi baked in paper bark with fresh turmeric and mustard seeds with smoked eggplant puree and rice – a native take on national local dish of Bangladesh, ilish macher dhakai paturi. In a nod to traditional vegetable curry, phulkopir baati jhal, there will also be yogurt flat bread with spiced cauliflower and spiced potato served with crisp curry leaves and fresh green chilli. It’s a riff on one of Higher Ground’s most popular dishes, the cauliflower scramble on yoghurt flatbread.

Guests will pair such fare with a bespoke cocktail created specially for the night. Ingrid Archer and Bianca Wendt from award-winning bar The Everleigh will serve a cocktail inspired by Thankyou’s new hand wash fragrance, featuring gin-infused Earl Grey tea.

The only way to attend this special occasion is as a guest of Broadsheet. Enter below to win a double pass to the event. One lucky winner will also go home with a year’s supply of Thankyou goodies, as well as a mentoring session with one of the Thankyou co-founders, Daniel Flynn, Justine Flynn or Jarryd Burns. With 100 per cent of the profit from its range of water, personal care and baby products committed to funding sustainable aid and development projects that bring down the number of people living in poverty (currently 1 billion globally), the trio behind Thankyou have grown the brand to become one of Australia’s leading social enterprises.

A Night of Food and Art for Good is happening at Higher Ground on August 22 from 6pm to 10pm.

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This article is presented in partnership with Thankyou.