say that the kitchen is the heart of the home and nowhere is this
more apparent than in the Ronald McDonald House (RMHA) kitchen.
The Panasonic Finance team volunteered last night, 25 March
2013, to prepare dinner for the families staying at the Ronald
McDonald House Auckland.
Preparing a dinner for the families is very rewarding, and it is
greatly appreciated by the emotionally exhausted families.
The RMHA charity has a simple mission - to improve the health
and wellbeing of children. RMHA is a home away from home for any
families whose desperately ill children require potentially
lifesaving specialist treatment in a main city. RMHA creates an
environment that enables the parents to concentrate on their
child's wellbeing without having to worry about the little things
The challenge was to prepare a meal for 60 in a limited time
covering a variety of dietary requirements including vegetarian, be
ready for the first families at 6pm, and have enough food for late
arrivals plus leftovers for lunch the next day. The team, ably led
by Tricia Garrard and Lynne Bookhorn, decided on a menu of:
- Bread roll
Getting the BBQ
- BBQ chicken
- Chicken sausage
- Vegetarian quiche
- Potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw and green salad
- Plum and apple crumble
- Ice cream with a choice of toppings
The ice cream with toppings was a huge hit with the
The kitchen is set up with 4 workstations with ovens, and 2
diswashers and microwaves. Panasonic supplied the food and RMHA
provides the cooking vessels and bowls, plates and utensils,
serving platters, and basics like salt and pepper.
The reward for the team effort was a sense of achievement in
doing something for others, and the appreciation of families in
need of the RMHA.