by Alex Skerdzhev
Kwantlen Polytechnic University nursing students and faculty served up special meals for nearly 200 guests at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver March 8.
Thirty-two nursing students from the Langley campus split into four teams, and created savoury three-course dinner menus based on, and influenced by, Asian-fusion, Italian, Greek and Mexican themes.
“These dinners are an incredible way for our nursing students to interact with and learn from families who have a seriously ill child,” said KPU nursing faculty member Connie Klimek. “It allows the students to tie their classroom experience to community support in a meaningful way.”
Most of the ingredients – Big Macs, Happy Meals, and Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfaits – were donated by Langley and Surrey-area McDonald’s restaurants for the annual dinner, currently in its third year and taking place once a semester.
“We are very happy to help Kwantlen Polytechnic University support Ronald McDonald House charities,” said Langley McDonald’s franchisee Ron Knight in a press release. “This is such a fun event. We’re always excited to see the creativity the students bring to the dinner and the innovative menus they design with our ingredients.”
In addition to the food donated by McDonald’s restaurants, also including franchisees Ron Renaud of Langley and Tom Latrou of Surrey, other ingredients were provided by Cargill, Martin Brower, and several local businesses including Terry’s No Frills Grocer.
Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation for seriously ill children and their families when they must be in Vancouver for treatment. In 2014 another Ronald McDonald House opened in Abbotsford and has space for families at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
PHOTO: Kim Ferguson, one of the participating nursing students, cut up fruit for waiting families. (KPU photo)