Sharing the love with Heart Kids
We recently opened up the heart of our kitchen to support volunteers who were cooking for kiwi charity Heart Kids’ "Meals with Heart" programme.
Meals with Hearts provides meals to parents and caregivers of Heart Kids while their children are staying in Starship Hospital receiving treatment.
Heart Kids volunteer, Jan Malcolm, was joined in our kitchen by volunteers from Equifax Group and our very own CEO, Paul Wilcox, who all pitched in to prepare an impressive 120 portions of spaghetti bolognese.
Our Executive Chef, Steve Barton, said that "while our kitchen is used to handling all manners of requests from canapés on racedays through to multi-cultural buffets for weddings, we always look forward to welcoming Heart Kids’ volunteers into our kitchen.”
“We're focused on supporting and making a difference in our community and we're proud to be able to open up our facilities to support families and children doing it tough.”
Kate Figgins, CEO of Heart Kids, said that “with the help of our corporate supporters and volunteers, we're able to provide around 600 meals per year for our heart parents and caregivers."
“We are hugely thankful to Ellerslie Event Centre and Steve who regularly open up their kitchen so that we have the facilities to run our Meals with Heart programme. This allows us to provide meals for families in what is often a challenging time in their lives.”
Paul Wilcox, our CEO, (who happens to be a former chef) was also on hand to offer some sage advice.
He said that “it was great to be able to jump in and assist the volunteers from Equifax Group with preparing meals for Heart Kids families in our kitchen. As a former chef myself, I always love the opportunity to don an apron and lend a hand."