The Town of Bassendean approached Cath MacDougall our Hospitality teacher to see if Cyril Jackson could help with a meal service to the elderly and vulnerable who cannot access food in the community.
Our Certificate II Hospitality students along with the Cyril Jackson Education Support students have been preparing meals to support our community members.
This is a part of the 5000meals program which is supported by Second Bite, community based organisations. In addition, these meals are being delivered by local community volunteers who come to the Campus to collect the meals and deliver them to our vulnerable community members.
Building community is a very important part of Cyril Jackson’s culture and we have been very keen to form this partnership with the Town of Bassendean, their local volunteers and the 5000meals program. Our students are learning invaluable skills towards their Certificates but more importantly, they are learning the value of volunteering and being an active member of our community in a time of great need.
Cyril Jackson has become a central hub for this initiative. Some schools who had food still in stock for their food lessons or canteens have donated excess food to the project.
We have also been privileged to have a well-known chef, Rohan Park from Fleur at the Park Royal who specialises in fine dining supporting this wonderful project. Rohan is a former student and when his employment ceased he immediately contacted us to see how he could help and use his expertise.
Next week, former Hospitality students who are now apprentices, will also join our classes and help students and chefs in preparing meals.
A great community effort in times of need. We are proud to be a part of it!
Dr Karen Read