Covid-19 ‘silver lining’ as GCCEC steps up for local community

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is offering support to community organisations and educational institutions as the impact of COVID-19 leads to a spike in demand for services.

Forced to temporarily close its doors during the current lockdown, GCCEC has formed a community team tasked with leading initiatives to provide much needed support.

Executive chef Garry Kindred and the kitchen team immediately began creating nutritious dishes and desserts for those in need.

Supermarket chain IGA has committed to donating five tonnes of perishable food items through supply partners, that will be made into nutritious meals in the GCCEC kitchens.

By the end of the week, the Centre will have prepared around 15,000 meal portions distributed to the area’s most vulnerable including 500 servings of soup for OzHarvest, and hundreds of meals for local agencies including Love This City (charity arm of OurChurch), Global Care, St John’s Crisis Centre and Hillsong CityCare.

“If there’s a silver lining in the current crisis, it’s seeing the community rally together to support those most affected,” said Adrienne Readings, GCCEC’s general manager.

“We are doing everything we can to offer a lending hand – including donating juices, soft drinks and soups to OzHarvest, cooking thousands of meals and encouraging partners to join in our mission.”

The centre’s audio-visual team has also been busy helping the local community.

“Our technology team has been providing services to local schools by creating temporary studios and recording lessons for online delivery next term,” said Readings.

“Many schools and teachers have little or no experience of recording lessons for online consumption and we are able to offer supportive and technical capacity to these schools.”