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OC students cook up a storm with their hearts and hands!

On Saturday 8 October Hearts and Hands had its inaugural cook up, beginning the Food Bank initiative.

From the many donations of ingredients that came from families, staff and even students who spent their hard earned wages, I would have to say that Saturday was an extremely successful day.

We had around 30 students and seven staff spend over four hours closed away in the Hall of Fame kitchen. We chopped bags and bags of onions – yes there were tears! Cut close to 40 whole pumpkins, boiled, steamed, sautéed and fried; and in the end we packaged 200 take away boxes of double portion ready-to-eat meals.

The day went without a hitch and it was fantastic to see so many people coming together to serve others with such spirit. Jacob Soner probably never wants to see or smell pumpkin soup ever again and Paul Bletchly did not once leave the sink, scrubbing every dish, pot and utensil we dirtied throughout the day.

To everyone involved – from food donations, offering a little or a large chunk of your time on Saturday, thank you, thank you, thank you! Because without every single one of you an endeavour like this would not have been possible.

These meals can and have already been used to help Ormiston College families in difficult times. Difficult times are not always financial either. It may be an ill parent, injured child, in times of loss or any kind of hardship. A meal like this can take the stress away from something as simple as dinner in times when there are other priorities.

So I look forward to working with many more of you as we not only continue to maintain this Food Bank but employ other initiatives in the future.

Samantha Wong
Secondary School Teacher