TIM Cahill was stirring an industrial size pot, Neil Kilkenny was cracking eggs while Ivan Franjic, Thomas Sorensen and Luke Brattan were chopping veggies.
Just days out from Saturday’s derby, the Melbourne City stars were at Abbotsford’s FareShare Kitchen, which collects surplus foods from supermarkets, farmers and businesses and cooks 5000 nutritious meals for charity each day.
None of the City stars were going at a pace that might tempt celebrity chef and FareShare ambassador Shane Delia, who was watching on, to employ them but it mattered little on Wednesday.
Australians extraordinarily waste $8 billion of edible food a year, with FareShare’s work – helped by 800 volunteers – going some way to fixing the issue, with charities include soup kitchens, homeless shelters and community foodbanks.
“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,’’ Cahill said.
“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.’’
FareShare chief executive Marcus Godinho was thrilled with City’s effort.
“It’s fantastic to see Melbourne City’s players and staff making a direct contribution to fighting hunger in our city,’’ he said.
“By rolling up their sleeves and volunteering at FareShare, the staff and players have helped feed hundreds of people doing it tough.
“FareShare relies on volunteers and the goodwill of the community to rescue food, cook it and distribute it to those in need and helping us spread the joy of delicious food this festive season to people who can’t afford it.”
With Bruno Fornaroli headlining a host of players that attended the Starlight Express Room at Monash Children’s Hospital during ‘City in the Community Week’, while launching ‘Cityzens Giving’, a global project enabling fans to vote on how funds are distributed to organisations using football for good.