When Farmers Mill CEO, Grant Bunting, learnt about the story of Harry Foster (14), he knew he had to do something to help the aspiring baker achieve his dreams. Harry is currently staying with his family at Ronald McDonald House South Island while he receives outpatient treatment for cancer, which he has been battling since May. But most days, Harry strives through the effects treatment has on his body and can often be seen in the House kitchens baking for other guest families. This naturally struck a chord with the head of the South Canterbury local flour and specialty grains manufacturer.
The wheels were quickly put into motion and within a day Farmers Mill had decided to donate a top-of-the-line baking kit to Harry, and they arranged for their Head Baker, Mat Keys, to visit Harry at the House to share his knowledge in an epic baking session.
The pair whipped up a gateau, a variety of orange cakes, muffins and banana bread amongst other goodies! Harry says “This experience has been really awesome. I’ve learned lots of new skills from Mat and I’ve had a really good time making delicious food that I know will be enjoyed by everyone at the House!”
Ronald McDonald House South Island has also benefited hugely from Farmers Mill’s new association with the charity – they were given $7,500 today, which will be used to support other families just like Harry’s.
When asked why the company decided to support Harry and Ronald McDonald House South Island, Grant says it was a natural decision. “At Farmers Mill, we recognise that service extends beyond the Mill to our home communities and helping children is very close to our hearts. It’s an honour to be able to help Harry with his love of baking and to support an organisation whose purpose is to provide families with the care and support they need during their toughest times.”