With a number of initiatives running across our business to give back to our community and fundraise for charities, my team decided we would spend an afternoon and evening cooking for the children and their families at Ronald McDonald House out at Westmead.
It was a big task cooking for 70 people, and something none of us have experience in, however, we divided into teams to cook Southern Indian Curry, Pasta Bake and Veggies, with Fruit and cakes for dessert.
With a tight time frame of 2 hours from arrival, the pressure was on and we really had to work together as a team to deliver. We had one child who was taking pictures and giggling the whole way through, watching our every move and spurring us on.
With 30 minutes to ‘plate up’ the pace increased, we managed to serve up on time to a line up of hungry families, with an array of kids in their PJ's and big smiles, despite their injuries or illnesses.
It was a great experience for the whole team and very humbling to see how appreciative the families were. We received a round of applause for our efforts, and seeing a lot of people going back for seconds and thirds, we knew we'd hit the mark with our cooking.
If you are looking for a great team building event whilst also giving back to those in need, I can highly recommend getting your team together and putting your culinary skills to the test for a great cause.
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MMK Million is Morgan McKinley’s global initiative to raise €1 million by 2018 as an organisation; in turn improving the lives of those around us and in our communities.
Dominic Bareham, Associate Director