Four young men from Singleton Academy (NSW) put their cooking skills to the test when they prepared meals for the local community centre earlier this month.
Volunteers Jacob Amidy-Reid, Thomas McKewin, Tristyn Woods and Tyreece Maskey sliced, diced, cooked and delivered 50 meals to Singleton Community Centre who gave them to local people in need.
The boys were closely guided by Singleton High School’s professional hospitality team who allowed the boys to utilise the school’s kitchen to prepare the meals. The opportunity exposed the boys to the workings of a commercial kitchen and gave them the chance to learn a few new cooking tips they could use at home.
Tyreece said he enjoyed the chance to give back to his local community.
“It’s a good feeling helping those out who need it,” Tyreece said. “It’s important to help others out. I’d like to think if I needed help, people would do the same.”
Singleton Community Centre manager Judy Mitchell said the boys were well presented and mannered.
“It’s always a pleasure to have the boys from the Clontarf Foundation at the centre,” Judy said.
“They were a great help loading all the hampers into the cars. It made the process a lot easier having so many helping hands available. The feedback from our clients about the meals has been fantastic. We look forward to working with them again.”
“It was great to see the boys’ high level of maturity and the genuine care they put into the preparation of each meal,” said Singleton Academy Director Matt Allwood.
“The boys saw the level of gratitude from the people who received meals. They were proud of their efforts and said they were keen to give back to the community again.”