Community: Cooking up a storm for families in need

LPC spent another night cooking up a storm in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen this week.

Ronald McDonald House South Island invites businesses across Christchurch to cook dinner for the families in the house, something LPC has been supporting since 2007.

The organisation supports families who have children under 18 needing healthcare, providing a home away from home for those going through very difficult situations.

Once a month, a team from LPC puts their culinary skills to the test to create a home-cooked meal for the families, and this month, six people from the Bulk Cargo and Marine Team took to the kitchen.

Cooking up roast lamb, and maritime-themed desert complete with chocolate fish, Senior Manager Bulk Cargo Tony Simpson says the experience was rewarding, moving and memorable.


“Everyone from the Ronald McDonald House staff to the families staying were so grateful and appreciative that were taking the time to cook for them.

“Some of these families have long journeys ahead, so a night out of our time is really simple.”

Spending three hours in the kitchen together, the family dinner program also provides an opportunity for some team building.

“We had people from all over the Bulk Cargo and Marine team, so it was great to get to know the team better and see everyone working together to put on a fantastic meal.”

LPC looks forward to many more nights in the kitchen at Ronald McDonald House, as supporting the families and creating a fantastic team building exercise, is a win-win.

“For any other business thinking about it, I can’t recommend it enough. After spending an evening with these families, it gives you some perspective on the challenges you have in your own life, making it an experience I will never forget.”

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