Meals from the heart: volunteering with Ronald McDonald House

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iiNet supports many worthy community organisations through our Community Partnerships program. Community partners receive support not only through fundraising and direct sponsorship but also from iiNet staff.

Our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities sees staff put their cooking skills to use to make meals as part of the Meals from the Heart Program.

A home away from home

Part of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home-away-from-home for families with a seriously ill child undergoing treatment. There are 14 Houses across Australia located close to women’s and children’s hospitals.

“From a shoulder to cry on, to a kiss-goodnight, when you’re stuck in hospital, having family around can make all the difference. Our Houses are a low-cost home-away-from home, giving families somewhere more comfortable to stay than a hospital waiting room. Each House has private accommodation rooms and communal areas such as kitchens and play areas, where guests have the chance to enjoy a home cooked meal, meet other families in a similar situation, share their experiences and give each other support. The Houses are run by a team of professional, caring staff backed up by friendly dedicated volunteers who help out with practical tasks and keep everything running smoothly.”

Meals from the Heart

Through iiNet’s community partnership with Ronald McDonald House, teams of iiNet staff volunteer to make home cooked meals for families staying at the house. The latest staff to join the fun were from the Marketing and Design teams at the iiNet Perth office.

Suzanne said, “The atmosphere at RMH was great. We were all excited to bring something special to the table, made from the heart! Seeing the families enjoy the meal we made was really awesome. There were plenty of hilarious moments shared in the kitchen and it’s something I’ll always remember. What a fun night! Thanks team and thanks RMH.”

“It was a great team effort and a lot of fun,” said Natalie. “From planning the menu to preparing and serving the food and chatting with families – it was wonderful to do something simple but personal like providing a home cooked meal. The kids also produced some stellar artwork courtesy of DIY table runners!”

Adam was also excited to be involved and share his own recipe for sticky date puddings. His highlights included, “Happy kids decorating their own cupcakes, pizzas made to order, virgin mojitos (and a few special orders with rum), the calm before the chaos, having an oven moment (realising that it was on “grill” not “bake” and wondering why my puddings were brown on the top shelf and not cooking on the bottom shelf) as well as the amazing amount of washing up at the end – we must have used every pot in the house!”

The team in Canberra also had an opportunity to get involved late last year during several dinners for Ronald McDonald House Canberra. They organized multiple themes including Super Heroes and First Birthday Fun. “Our team got to try out skills in the kitchen and front of house as waiters and bar tenders,” said Lauren from the iiNet Human Resources team. “We also received a lovely card afterwards from one of the families. Various team members felt they could contribute further and have gone on to contact the house directly to see what they can do to help out. ”

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