With six different hot meals and Rumba Rum balls to satisfy those with a sweet tooth, the ASHE meal service has been running during the Coronavirus lockdown period.
Leonie Dwyer, Manager of the Academy of Sport Health and Education (ASHE) decided to make use of staff time while working from home by preparing and delivering free meals for students and families as a way to stay connected.
“At the heart of ASHE is family; and food brings us together through these challenging times. Not seeing the students every day or having a yarn over food is difficult for our staff, so this was one way we knew we could bring comfort and show our love.” Leonie said.
“For some students Ashe is their home in a sense for security, comfort and connection.”
“I emailed our staff and asked who wanted to help, and everyone was up for it! All said when, where and let’s do it! We used local suppliers to deliver goods to our homes. We have all participated in Food Handler training and first aid. We were very aware of the social distancing restrictions and ensured we cooked in isolation to others, adhering to all guidelines of food safety and COVID-19.”
“There has been so much gratitude and heartfelt thanks. It’s been overwhelming to see the joy and relief. We didn’t budget or plan for this, it was just something we knew we could do and wanted to do. It comes natural to our community and staff at ASHE; to always look out for others. Our students are not just students or numbers, they are our family. Families take care of each other.” Leonie said.
Rumbalara FNC is proud to have such a strong and supportive community. We want everyone to remain strong and stay safe.
The Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE) is a partnership between the Rumbalara Football Netball Club and the University of Melbourne. ASHE uses participation in sport to undertake education and training within a trusted, culturally appropriate environment, particularly for Indigenous students.