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Jan 16, 2020   |  1:51AM AET

Wanderers give back through Meals From The Heart

Wanderers give back through Meals From The Heart

The Wanderers Westfield W-League team visited Ronald McDonald House Greater Western Sydney on Monday night to cook meals for sick kids and their families as part of the Meals From The Heart program. 

The Wanderers Westfield W-League team visited Ronald McDonald House Greater Western Sydney on Monday night to cook meals for sick kids and their families as part of the Meals From The Heart program. 

Most of us take a home-cooked meal for granted and the Meals From The Heart Program provides a much-needed service to families who are supporting their sick kids and often don’t have the time, funds or energy to prepare a healthy home-cooked meal.

Just like they play their football, the Wanderers threw themselves into preparing meals for the families and children on Monday night. 

In helping out, the Wander Women were assigned various tasks from chopping up and grating vegetables to preparing the meals and serving them up. 

Ronald McDonald House Greater Western Sydney Ambassador Alix Roberts said the visit was a good reminder of the spirit of Western Sydney. 

“Football and sport bring everything together and this is a reminder that we represent the spirit and community of Western Sydney,” said Roberts. 

“So, to give something back is special and humbling.

“My duties included cutting up the cabbage so I hope I did a good job.”

Alix Roberts

Fellow Ambassador Jada Whyman said visiting the house on Monday night was a huge honour.

“It’s an amazing place to come to and such an honour to be an ambassador for Meals From The Heart,” said Whyman.

“To be able to connect with the families, connect with the volunteers, it is very special and so heart warming.

“This is a home away from home for the families. It is more than just a place to stay, it helps everyone connect and share their experiences.”

Wanderers midfielder Ella Mastrantonio, who had her first visit to the house with the club, said the night was very rewarding experience for the team. 

“We helped prepare food for the families living here for sad reasons, either their child is sick or can’t be at home,” explained Mastrantonio. 

“It is really rewarding coming here and helping families in their time of need.

“It was good fun, really rewarding and invaluable for us to realize what kind of work these volunteers do for people in need. 

“It was great to see what kind of community they have here and it is so wonderful to see the club has been part of this for the last six years.

“As for my chopping skills, I followed Robbo’s (Alix Roberts) lead because I didn’t know what I was doing. I winged it a bit!”