Members of the Coca-Cola Oceania team - together with Olivia Cameron and Jeanelle Boyce from McDonalds Australia - ready to serve up dinner to families staying at Ronald McDonald House.

Twice a year a team of Coca-Cola Oceania staff take off early from their Mt Wellington office and, armed with towering boxes of food, head to the Ronald McDonald House at Auckland City Hospital to cook an evening meal for the families staying there.

Ronald McDonald House provides free accommodation and support for families with children in hospital. Each night up to 160 families stay at Ronald McDonald Houses across the country.

General Manager Coca-Cola Oceania Sandhya Pillay says the team has been involved in the Ronald McDonald House Cook Nights for around seven years. They involve planning a menu, buying ingredients, cooking dinner for around 100 people and providing entertainment and venue decorations for the children.

“We think it’s really important to do anything we can to provide support to the families staying there.  Ronald McDonald House is an amazing facility, the staff do an exceptional job and we like to help out in any way we can,” she says.

Coca-Cola Oceania’s Sandhya Pillay and Chumleigh Wells present a cheque to Hannah McHugh from Ronald McDonald House.

At the recent Cook Night Coca-Cola Oceania also donated $20,000 to Ronald McDonald House from its Season of Giving campaign.

Ronald McDonald House Partnership Manager Hannah McHugh says: “After a long and exhausting day at the hospital there’s nothing more welcoming than the smell of a home-cooked meal. It is far more than ‘just a meal’ for the families – it’s a moment of comfort and support at a time of uncertainty.”

“Cook nights aren’t just about providing a delicious dinner. They are about bringing families together.”

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