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A memorable Thai feast is delivered

SHEPPARTON VILLAGES STAFF RECEIVE SURPRISE DINNER DELIVERY FROM TOP MELBOURNE RESTAURANT CHIN CHIN

- By John Lewis

Fine dining was on the menu for Shepparton Villages aged care staff this week after receiving a generous donation from one of Melbourne’s most popular restaurant­s. Grateful Shepparton Villages staff received 1000 delicious pre-cooked meals from top Thai restaurant Chin Chin, delivered on Tuesday evening.

Shepparton Villages housekeepe­r Rupinder Kaur, chief executive Veronica Jamison and personal care worker Jo Oakley happily received their Chin Chin meals.

Fine dining was on the menu for Shepparton Villages aged care staff this week after receiving a generous donation from one of Melbourne’s most popular restaurant­s.

Grateful Shepparton Villages staff received 1000 delicious pre-cooked meals from top Thai restaurant Chin Chin, delivered on Tuesday evening.

Shepparton Villages’ community engagement executive manager Jo Breen said staff were genuinely surprised and thankful.

“This is a real treat. It’s so nice for aged care workers to receive recognitio­n like this — they so often get overlooked,” Ms Breen said.

She said during the recent Shepparton lockdowns and isolations, Shepparton Villages had seen 105 out of its 500 staff members furloughed due to Tier 1 and Tier 2 exposures.

“Our remaining staff have been working so hard to cover for the missing members. Some have been working double shifts — they’re exhausted,” she said.

“It has been so awesome for our staff to enjoy a restaurant quality meal at the end of a shift. We feel really special,” she said.

The meals were provided by the Flinders Lane eatery which has been supporting frontline medical and aged care workers throughout the pandemic. The Shepparton Villages meals were packaged into 500 boxes, each serving two people.

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Carmel Johnson, who helped co-ordinate Tuesday’s truck delivery from Melbourne, said the donation could well run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

She thanked the Lucas Group restaurant chain and the staff of Chin Chin for their time and generosity.

“It’s humbling and overwhelmi­ng at the same time to know that this top Melbourne restaurant has Shepparton on its radar. The staff have spent hours cooking and beautifull­y packaging these meals which arrived with special instructio­ns on how to serve them,” Ms Johnson said.

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Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e Amazing Thai food delivery: Shepparton Villages housekeepe­r Rupinder Kaur, chief executive Veronica Jamison and personal care worker Jo Oakley happily receive their Chin Chin meals.
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A pre-cooked Chin Chin meal including pickled fennel, papaya and carrot with Penang curry, green beans and jasmine fried rice. It’s one of 500 boxes containing a meal for two received by Shepparton Villages staff this week.
What’s on the menu? A pre-cooked Chin Chin meal including pickled fennel, papaya and carrot with Penang curry, green beans and jasmine fried rice. It’s one of 500 boxes containing a meal for two received by Shepparton Villages staff this week.

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