Ambos at Our Big Kitchen

August 4, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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About fifty ambulance officers joined thirty members of the community combined at Our Big Kitchen (OBK) last week to cook for the homeless.

Ambos prepare meals

Ambos prepare meals

OBK’s General Manager, Greg Fisher, welcomed the group on behalf of Rabbi Doctor Dovid Slavin. director of OBK and a Chaplain of the NSW Ambulance Service.

“It was my honour to welcome the group and highlight the strong connection between OBK and the Ambulance service of NSW and our commitment generally to essential services. I explained that Rabbi Slavin is overseas due to the ill health of his father in New York and his sister in Montreal,” said Fisher.

The group cooked three hundred meals comprising of soup, beef pilaf and challah bread rolls.

Organiser for the ambulance service, Norm Spalding said “we were thrilled to take 150 meals to Woolloomooloo and other parts of Sydney where we know many homeless people would already be tucked in their swags and would appreciate some hot soup and a good meal. It was an honour for the officers to join other members of the community at OBK to make and then take meals to those in need. At my request the rest of the meals were sent to OBK’s other agencies”

At work

At work

The regular ambulance service was joined by Jewish ambulance group Hatzolah for the OBK evening.

“I am so proud of our association with Hatzolah,” Spalding said.

OBK runs many programs every day for corporate groups, school groups, birthday parties, interfaith programs and the like all of which are designed to empower people with the joy of giving and producing hearty meals for those in need.

“Last year OBK sent out approximately 50,000 meals to homeless agencies, crisis centres, churches and families in need. Every week we also run a barista training course for the homeless so our understanding and empathy with these brave people runs deep,” Mr Fisher said.

This was not the first time the ambulance service has been in for this purpose and in recognition of Norm’s work between the ambulance service and OBK an award was given.

“Rabbi Slavin is also a very proud Chaplain of the Ambulance service. On his behalf I awarded Norm Spalding and the Ambulance Service with a certificate of appreciation as well as an OBK cap and t-shirt on which Norm’s name was embroided”, Fisher said.


One Response to “Ambos at Our Big Kitchen”
  1. Lyn Nobbs says:

    Well done OBK a great community effort !
    Bet they loved their dinner!

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