Melbourne City FC’s Christmas Volunteer Week brought the players to the FareShare kitchen to cook meals for people in need.
Together with their ambassador Melbourne chef Shane Delia, the players donned FareShare aprons, rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into chopping vegetables, cracking eggs and beating quiche mix.
Socceroo hero Tim Cahill even lent his muscle to stirring the 150 litre Bratt pan with a chicken tagine created by Shane Delia.
From the kitchen, Tim Cahill said: “This is my first Christmas here, and I feel so proud to be a Melbourne City player when we do activities that benefit our community. The community ethos at the Club is awesome, and I just hope that our contribution will help bring a little bit of joy this Christmas.
The players attracted a host of media ahead of their derby fixture this weekend helping to shine a light on food poverty and those doing it tough this festive season.”
Marcus Godinho, FareShare CEO, said: “It’s fantastic to see Melbourne City’s players and staff making a direct contribution to fighting hunger in our city.
“FareShare relies on volunteers and the goodwill of the community to rescue food, cook it and distribute it to those in need. We commend Melbourne City for making a difference and helping us spread the joy of delicious food this festive season to people who can’t afford it.”
All food cooked by the players will be distributed to people in crisis. The recipe will be shared on SBS next year in a new cooking series with Shane Delia.