Order yourself something delicious and pay-it-forward for our hospital staff
In 2015 Sam Roderique and her husband Paul bought the Steel River Takeaway, a super busy little business that has been operating within the Steel River Industrial Estate for around 12 years.
Sam and her three casual staff were who you would normally find working away, today, things are looking a little different. Sam now holds together the kitchen with only a few hours of help each day during the busy lunch rush.
Regardless of all the changes, Sam is powering ahead, making adjustments but continuing to not only serve takeaway coffees and food to the locals, but introducing a pay-it-forward system that’s giving our all-important hospital staff a bit of a helping hand, Sam explains,
“Prior to Covid-19 we already had the Steel River Takeaway app that customers were using to pre-order and pay online with, so it was easy to alter the app and include a pay-it-forward menu option. People can now use the app to order a meal for hospital staff and pay for it online, taking out the need for anyone to come into the cafe.”
“I’ve been delivering the meals to the receptions at the Mater and John Hunter hospital at the end of my work day, I made arrangements with them to do this and they then distribute to staff on my behalf. Given a lot of the areas of the hospital are in lock down, they tell me what area needs it most.”
“Last Wednesday afternoon I delivered about 16 meals to the Mater and it went to the cleaning staff which was lovely to hear. So far I've delivered around 42 meals and this week I started delivering meals to the John Hunter and I believe they went to the ICU staff which is really nice to hear."
If you’ve never ordered from Steel River Takeaway, can you get involved with pay-it-forward?
“Absolutely, having the app has made this possible, all you need to do is download the ‘Steel River Takeaway’ app from the App Store, click ‘Menu’ and scroll down to ‘Pay It Forward (staff at JHH and Mater)’, select a meal, which range from between $9 - $15, and then go through the payment process.”
Have you had a good response from the Pay-It-Forward meals?
"I’ve had a fantastic response so far, my customers have loved being a part of something that’s positive. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and it’s helping those who are helping us which is a nice feeling."
If you would like to get involved with this awesome idea download the Steel River Takeaway app from the App Store and get ordering.