A group of budding chefs at Brightwater’s Marangaroo Transitional Accommodation Program for people with disability took part in a cooking masterclass with local My Kitchen Rules star Anna Bruno.
With Christmas just around the corner, Anna and the team made Christmas shortbread biscuits and all-time Italian favourite- Crostoli with a sweet berry coulis.
MKR fans will remember the local Perth mother and son duo Anna and Jordan Bruno from the Channel 7 series in 2016, known for serving up their delicious Maltese and Italian dishes.
One of the clients who took part in the cooking class is Pam Stanton, who joined the Marangaroo Transitional Accommodation Plan in 2018 after a having a stroke (left cerebral vascular accident CVA).
Since her move to Marangaroo, Pam has made significant gains in her rehabilitation and is motivated to live as independently as possible. She has a powered wheelchair which enables her to go out to the local shops and parks, and after lots of hard work and motivation she is now able to use her left arm functionally for eating, dressing and using her iPad.
Pam continues to become more and more independent, and is on a pathway to move into permanent accommodation in the near future. For Pam, learning how to cook for herself has been a big part of her rehabilitation journey.
Brightwater CEO, Jennifer Lawrence said Pam loved participating in the cooking class, and alongside other clients, she rolled out the shortbread dough and cut out plenty of Christmas themed shaped biscuits.
“Many of us take skills like baking for granted, but for clients like Pam this is an important part of re-gaining their independence,” Jennifer said.
”Not only was this a fun activity, our clients were able to practice new skills, socialise and experience something that is different to their day-to-day routine.
“Experiences like these are very special, and mean so much to our clients.”
Pam and the others proudly shared their homemade shortbread biscuits with friends and family at the Marangaroo Christmas party the next day, and also gift wrapped a selection of their treats to give as Christmas presents to loved ones.
This celebrity cooking demonstration was made possible by Brightwater’s Light up a life Christmas Appeal, which raises money to grant Christmas wishes for our clients.
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Brightwater Marangaroo’s Transitional Accommodation Program
Brightwater provides a live-in program at Marangaroo for people with a complex disability or an acquired neurological disability following a hospital stay. This temporary option provides the appropriate support people need while looking for permanent accommodation and bridges the gap between hospital and the community. Find out more here.