Cookie Run Bunch – Crown Perth pastry chefs giving back
With businesses Australia wide closed due to the recent COVID-19 crisis, everyone’s day to day routines changed quickly and dramatically, with everyone having to adapt to a ‘new normal’. In a way to maintain a sense of normality while at home, Crown Perth pastry chefs Meagan Lau and Natasia Veerasamy began “baking at home and sharing with friends and family”. Quickly discovering there was only so much they themselves could consume, Meagan contacted her fellow Crown Perth colleagues with an opportunity for each to utilise their incredible, unique skills in a way beneficial to those on the frontline doing it tough.
What resulted was a group of 15 Crown Perth pastry chefs from varying departments, coming together to form what is now known as the ‘Cookie Run Bunch’. Each baking individual items from the safety of their own homes before combining into larger gift boxes, the CRB began making weekly deliveries each Friday morning, surprising the Australian Federal Police
and Border Control
staff as well as workers within Hollywood
, Fiona Stanley
, Osborne Park
and Royal Perth Hospitals
in appreciation for working tirelessly to keep our communities safe during these challenging times.
When asked if there was a particular moment that stood out in her mind, Meagan went on to describe their AFP city delivery (photo pictured). “The photo taken inside the main AFP building, for which we had to get security passes and got to meet Chris Craner (WA Assistant Commissioner). What you can’t see in the picture, is that there were six other armed cops in bullet proof vests so it was a bit intimidating - but they were all so nice.
Having begun on Friday 3 April, the group have now delivered over 3,000 items including cookies, cupcakes, macarons, bread and much more to over 11 workplaces throughout the eight weeks – and counting!