GeelongPort Chilli Chicken Wing It Challenge turns up the heat!

GeelongPort hosted its 4th annual “Chilli Chicken Wing It Challenge for Charity” last week to raise much needed funds to support our chosen charity, the Kids with Cancer Foundation.

Around 110 participants progressively ate their way through 4 rounds of chilli sauces smeared over chicken wings, starting with a mild Jalapeno Pepper sauce and going all the way up to the “I can’t feel my face” triple-pressed Reaper’s Ghost.

The chilli sauces were created especially for the event by the Chilli Seed Bank. To put the chilli intensity into perspective, the Jalapeno Pepper registers at around 6,000 on the Scoville heat unit scale with the last chilli sauce equivalent to the hottest chilli in the world – The Carolina Reaper at 2,200,000!

The night was a sweltering success with $11,600 raised for the Kids with Cancer Foundation.

Rod Gordon from the Kids with Cancer Foundation said “the foundation uses 100% of all donations to support families and groups involved in caring for the children suffering with childhood cancers, ranging from newborn babies to young teenagers. The money raised helps families who find themselves placed in financial difficulties due to their child being treated for cancer as well as assisting Australian children’s hospitals where they are being treated”.

The night included a major auction item of a signed 2019 Geelong Cats jumper as well as a variety of silent auctions, raising much needed funds to support the cause.

This year’s awards went to:

“The Rookie” 

Little Ethan Cronin, GeelongPort

Description: Tried your best but came up short. With a little more experience under your belt you may get there. Better luck next year!

“Most Sweaty”

Damian Howl, Howl Media

Description: Looks like you just stepped out of a Swedish Sauna. Next time bring your bath towel

“Runniest Nose”

Rod Gordon, Kids with Cancer Foundation

Description:  Should have been sponsored by Kleenex, this person has gone through a few boxes tonight

The Crier”

Luke Carruthers, Boral

Description: Gets emotional when eating chilli…but it’s for a good cause after all

“Red Face”

Matt Appleyard, Corio Waste Management

Description: Feeling the heat and it shows….our erubescent friend is a beacon for all to see

“The Professional”

Malcolm Hatcher, Midway

Description: An unstoppable, immortal, chilli eating machine that has a fireproof palette.

Thank you to our four major sponsors, Bellarine Plastics & Plumbing Services, Corio Waste Management, Victorian Regional Channels Authority and Boral Australia for their support, The Federal Café Restaurant Bar for supplying the venue each year, Hayeswinckle Newtown for being our wonderful auctioneers and all our supporters who gave generously to the event.