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Last week, our OCULA Merivale team volunteered as part of the dinner program at Ronald McDonald House South Island.

This program was designed to help feed families staying at the house who have loved ones undergoing treatment at the Christchurch hospital, so they don't have to worry about cooking or providing their family a meal while going through one of the toughest times of their lives. It’s a great way to get actively involved in the community!

"Giving is not just about making a donation, it’s about making a difference." Kathy Calvin, CEO and President of the United Nations Foundation

"Led by Claire, the menu was planned, groceries ordered and off we headed to the house! The facilities were fantastic and made it easy for the team to get stuck into the task at hand. For the menu we decided on comfort food - spaghetti and meatballs, and macaroni cheese, served with bread rolls and salad on the side.

A "make your own sundae" bar was arranged for dessert and loved by both kids and adults.

Some of the team feel more at home in the kitchen than others, so we made sure everyone had a job they were comfortable with and worked together to get it all ready for 6pm. With a splatter of pasta sauce on the floor, a broken pot (not all our fault!) and a whole lot of laughs, dinner was ready.

The best part of the night was connecting with the families over dinner. We met incredibly strong families who despite everything they have going on, were able to enjoy themselves and make the most of the evening.

Not only did we connect as a team but we also enjoyed our night trying to make a difference for these children and their families. Mark our words, we will be back!

We wish the families at Ronald McDonald House love and hope from us here at OCULA Merivale.”

Brittany Bowditch



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