QI Brisbane City Inc, Queensland, Australia
Our Quota Cares Month project
On Thursday, 7th March 2013 we provided dinner for 50 at the Ronald McDonald House near the Mater Childrens’ Hospital at South Brisbane, Queensland. The House is a charity organisation that provides accommodation for families so that they can stay near the hospital whilst their child is being treated. The Club provided all the food and prepared it in the kitchen at the House. We started at 4pm to serve dinner at 6.30pm and have the kitchen cleaned by 8.30pm. The menu was: lagagne, tuna bake and tossed salad with berry slice and custard for dessert. On the night we served 35 meals and plated another 9 for those still at the hospital. Leftovers were put in the community fridges for later use. If community groups such as Quota do not provide meals, residents must make their own meals after what is often a long, tiring and stressful day. In addition, there is no grocery store in the near vicinity, making it even more difficult. While cleaning up, a few residents returned and were so grateful to find a meal already prepared. As Queensland is such a large state, many of the families have to travel vast distances so that their child can receive the specialised treatment only available in Brisbane. A number of the families were from Indigenous communities.
How did our QCM project benefit our community?
Unfortunately, we wre unable to get press coverage, but staff at the Ronald McDonald House and the families accommodated there are now aware of Quota. A number asked us about Quota and the work we do. We displayed a small table banner about Quota, wore of Quota aprons and name badges. We took photographs and can hopefully use these in the future for publicity. Members ate with the families and so could spread the word more.
How did our QCM project benefit our club / members?
It has been a while since our club has undertaken a ‘hands on’ service project – not since QuoCKa Reading, so members were very enthusiastic. Seven our of 10 members participated (one member had work commitments and two in their late 80’s could not stand for the long period required). Three friends of members assisted us in the kitchen. Once member who had not participated in a hands-on project in Quota before, told us all how much she enjoyed the evening of us working together. Much laughter and conversations were had while preparing the meals.
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