Production Function Cooks up a Storm at Cancer Council

Cooking up a stormCancer Council is a not-for-profit organisation which has a number of facilities around Australia. Their vision focuses on 3 main priorities: to minimise the threat of cancer to Australians through successful prevention, best treatment and support. They achieve these priorities by undertaking and funding cancer research with a mission for cutting edge and leading research to happen in Western Australia. Secondly, there are educational campaigns such as ‘Slip Slop Slap’ and ‘Make Smoking History.’ One third of all cancers are preventable so they believe education is crucial in preventing and controlling cancer. Finally, they provide information and support for people affected by cancer.

Milroy Lodge is a facility operated by Cancer Council that provides housing for people who live over 100 kilometers from Perth and are receiving cancer treatment. The ‘Cook A Meal’ event allowed a team of 13 from Woodside to bless the residents with a home cooked meal. With recipes in hand and a Christmas theme to deliver on, the team had their games faces ready.

The afternoon began with Cancer Council staff member Hannah giving a tour around the facility to allow the team to see all that Milroy Lodge offers. It wasn’t long before the timer went and the race was on! The Woodside team leader, Jenny, arrived with the ingredients and a game plan. The team split into three groups and divided up the menu into entree, main, sides and dessert. Each team had laminated recipe cards and were prepped and ready to go.Deliciious entree creation

Through much laughter and joking the entrees of arancini, beautiful tomato and bocconcini skewers with basil, Dutch chicken soup and dinner rolls were whipped up. Mains followed with healthy beef and chicken skewers. Innovation and creativity were clearly used to make a new dish from left over chicken which some fondly referred to as ‘Mystery Chicken’. A potato bake and variety of salads were also included to round out the options. The dessert group made the perfect accompaniments to finish the meal: a gorgeous fruit salad with a watermelon as its bowl, a delicious apple crumble, ice cream, mini pavlovas, and mince pies.

The groups were laughing right throughout the day and head chef Jenny coordinated the troops incredibly well to ensure success. The best part of the occasion was meeting the residents. The meal was cooked and 20 residents came and sat down at the Christmas themed dinner party. Each dinner guest was given a Christmas cracker and it provided the opportunity for everyone to meet someone new and begin by saying a funny (or in some cases not so funny) joke. Each resident came with different stories and different backgrounds. It was a wonderful experience for the volunteers to meet them all and share stories together. The afternoon and evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved. Way to go, team!

Skewer creation

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