• Ronald McDonald House - Family Dinners

Ronald McDonald House - Family Dinners

As a major sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House in Auckland, Henry Schein New Zealand sponsors a family dinner on two occasions throughout the year.

A team Henry Schein staff create the menu, buy the ingredients, cook and serve a meal for the families who are staying at RMDHA, supporting children undergoing treatment in the Auckland Starship Children’s hospital. These families are all resident outside Auckland and are often separated from other family members for lengthy periods of time.

The sponsored family meals are very popular with the RMDHA guests, giving them a welcome respite from the strain of supporting a sick child. It’s a popular event with Henry Schein staff also, who have a lot of fun working together. Some Team Schein family members also like to participate. TSMs who were not able to participate in preparing the meal had the opportunity to contribute by donating ingredients. We cater for 80 to 130 people, providing a main dish and dessert.

When all the diners have been served, the TSM's join some of the RMDHA guests for the meal. We are privileged to have some of the families share their children’s and family stories with us; a sobering experience which reminded us all how fortunate we are. We receive feedback from the guests that they felt it is nice that we also engage with them on a personal level beyond providing the meal. We come away feeling that we make a very worthwhile contribution.

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