On the 2nd of March 2019 a special dinner will be hosted in support of The Ronald McDonald House Charity, which provides accommodation and supportive services for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.
The dinner is being organised by Maurice Mc Geehan, executive chef at Airbnb; Niall Hill, food consultant & former head of food at Butler’s Pantry; Jonathan Keane, executive chef in The Lodge at Ashford Castle and Wildes Restaurant; and Erik Van der Veken, Cacao Barry ambassador UK & Ireland & technical advisor at Redmond Fine Foods. Together they will create a four course menu celebrating Irish food, using local produce.
100 guests will enjoy Irish drinks paired with each dish, while the evening will also include live entertainment. Also invited will be a number of producers whose ingredients will feature on the menu, as well as The Ronald McDonald House families and staff, who will be invited to tell their stories during the evening.
The Irish Chefs Helping The Ronald McDonald House Keep Families Close Fundraising Dinner will take place at Airbnb’s Warehouse Office, Dublin 2 on 2nd March 2019, at 7pm and tickets can be purchased via https://chefs4rmhc.eventbrite.ie.
As spaces are very limited, a fundraising page (www.idonate.ie/ChefsForRMHC) will be accepting donations until the 31st March and all proceeds will go to the charity.
The evening was organised by Maurice Mc Geehan, whose family life was turned upside down in April 2016 when his second son was rushed to Crumlin Hospital.
At the time his wife was living in Donegal with their first born, and Maurice was renting a room in the city, so they had to turn to The Ronald McDonald House Charity for support. Joe Kenny and his team in The Ronald McDonald House didn’t just provide the Mc Geehan family with accommodation, their helpful and caring staff kept them together, guiding them through the toughest moment any parent can ever undergo.
Maurice and his family were one of the lucky ones, who left the hospital and House with their baby safe and healthy, after 3 weeks, but many other families have to count with The Ronald McDonald House’s support for months and might only leave once their child is gone.
During their stay they were introduced to their Cook4Families program, a volunteer based initiative where groups (from different business and associations across Dublin) prepare healthy, home-cooked meals for the families staying in Ronald McDonald, to enjoy after a long day at the hospital.
A few months after leaving the hospital, Maurice with his team of chefs and other Airbnb champions started volunteering for the Cook4Families program and they’ve since also organised pop-up dinners for St. Valentine’s Day and Christmas, trying to bring a little normality and joy to the families in Ronald McDonald House.