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Nando’s Christmas Lunch 2019

On December 25th, 2019 Nando’s Kennedy Road became the first Nando’s in Canada to opens its doors on Christmas Day. With the sole intent focused on impacting lives, they teamed up with the Kennedy Road BIA and The Dorset Community Hub to deliver a dine-in style experience like no other, Guests we’re given personal invitations, and were encouraged to make Nando’s home for the day. The event was a huge success with over 200 hot meals served to community residents in the Kennedy Road neighbourhood.

“Would you want to spend Christmas day any other way?” Says Nando’s area director, Raj Ramsuchit. This is exactly what Nando’s is about, friends, family and community. “Taking care of our community is in our DNA, today we serve 200 free meals, next year we plan to expand on this and serve 500”.

Doors opened at 12PM with Three Toronto Police officers with boxes of toys in hand, ready and willing to help deliver smiles. It was followed by live Christmas music, quarter leg dinners on the grill and welcoming smiles from the local Nando’s Kennedy Commons team, led by the store’s general manger Tara Hidari. Guests arrived in waves and in no time the room was filled with smiles, laughter, and gratitude. The Day concluded at 3PM with a resounding round of applause from the remaining guests.

The Nando’s Christmas Lunch was an unadvertised event coordinated by Raj Ramsuchit, Vito Curalli, Tara Hidari, The Kennedy Road BIA, The Dorset Community Hub & Smart Collective Inc. To find out more about Nando’s and the impact it continues to make in local communities around the world  please visit their website at

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