Finance Team Volunteers to Cook Dinner at the Ronald McDonald House Auckland26th March 2013     By: Panasonic Media

They 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 in life.

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

    Getting the BBQ ready

  • 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 children.

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.


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