Lending a helping hand to the community

The Kinma Valley team donned their aprons for a great community cause, joining together with the Ministry of Meals project to deliver much needed meals for local families on Lendlease’s annual Community Day.


Cooking up a storm for a great community cause, the Kinma Valley team has been busy helping Narangba Valley State School’s Chaplain, Rosalie Allen and her ‘Ministry of Meals’ project for Lendlease’s annual Community Day.

Members of the marketing, social sustainability, development and sales teams all showed their support for the ‘Ministry of Meals’ project in a fun day of cooking and baking delicious meals alongside the program’s founder, Rosalie Allen. The teams donned their aprons to help make bacon, zucchini and cheese muffins, chicken pie, vegetable ragu, caramel biscuits and chocolate slice for the Narangba Valley State School program, which relies on the generous contributions of volunteers to prepare and deliver hearty and nutritious meals for local families in times of need. 

“Food is a great way for us to show our school community that we care,” Rosalie said. “We keep a store of meals and lunch box snacks that can be offered to families when something happens like a death in the family, someone going into hospital or someone undergoing treatment for cancer. The program was established in 2015 when I started in the chaplaincy role. It started out as myself and a couple of friends making meals as needed...we now have an email list of 19 volunteers who we can call on to help us.”

The meals were stored in the new freezer purchased with a grant received from the Kinma Valley Community Grants program and will go a long way to supporting local families. “The support I have received from Lendlease has been so wonderful,” Rosalie said. “I feel like the project has a new lease of life with our new freezer, that has replaced our previous second-hand one which was breaking down. Having the team from Lendlease come to volunteer and cook meals and treats at our school to go into the new freezer has been fantastic.”

Now in its 27th year, Community Day enables Lendlease employees to work alongside their colleagues and get involved in supporting the community. Lendlease Social Sustainability Manager, Danielle Kollanyi believes it’s important to give back to the local neighbourhood.

“Community Day is an opportunity for us to build connections and give back to local groups that are making a difference in the Moreton Bay community,” Danielle said. “We had a great time working together in the kitchen with the Ministry of Meals team and are delighted to see they are thriving with the support from the Kinma Valley Community Grants Program.”