Grill’d Wollongong and Shellharbour staff volunteered their time last Thursday night to boss Lube Markovski cook up a free meal at Lighthouse Community Kitchen.
It is the second time the Grill’d team has volunteered to help out at the Lighthouse Community Kitchen.
The first time they fed around 100 people who might have otherwise gone without a meal. This time they served up more than 110 healthy burgers.
Mr Markovski has offered to pay his employees for their efforts but they prefer to volunteer and give something back to the Illawarra community. And the feedback they get has them wanting to do more.
“Last time we had a little girl here and she started to cry,” Mr Markovski said.
“She said she always walked past Grill’d but could never afford to go in. Not that out burgers are expensive. Just some people in our community cannot afford to eat in a restuarant and even struggle to put food on the table”.
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Lighthouse leader Paul Bartlett presented Mr Markovski with a Giraffe Award for sticking his neck out to help others. “They are one of the stand-out businesses that are very passionate about community work. My hope is that because of their example many other businesses will do the same.”
Mr Markovski said the Lighthouse Community Kitchen was one of the first community groups Grill’d supported through its Local Matters initiative.
Lighthouse Community Kitchen co-ordinator Carol Ramsey said it was great to have such amazing support at the pop-up restaurant for homeless people and disadvantaged families.
“We serve over 110 meals a week,” she said.
“We love it because we get to sit down and eat together. Grill’d is an amazing supporter. For some of our guests this is the only opportunity they get to eat Grill’d. So it is pretty exciting for them.”
We have some great community supporters.
The Hawks have been here and helped us as well.
“But mostly it is just members of the community who come and do the cooking,” she said.
“And Cedars Christian College comes as a school.”