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​Car transformed for good

Last Updated: December 2019

Photo Caption: Supporters gather around the Honda Jazz overflowing with donations for Foodbank Waitara – Kai Potaka. From left Tiri Porter (Foodbank Waitara Treasurer), Lyn Hoskin (Tui Ora Procurement and Facilities Administrator), Paula Moir (Taranaki Honda), Tracey Bryant (Foodbank committee member and WISE representative), Nicole Arendse (Foodbank committee member and WISE representative) Mark Blackwell (Taranaki Honda)

Community generosity transformed a Honda Jazz into a bright yellow Christmas present for Foodbank Waitara – Kai Potaka.

Led by Procurement and Facilities Administrator Lyn Hoskin, Tui Ora staff and supporters set themselves a challenge of filling one of their trademark cars with donations for Foodbank during December. The result? A car overflowing with much-needed food and supplies for those finding Christmas a struggle.

Foodbank and Taranaki Honda representatives gathered in between the showers to receive the donated carload in the Tui Ora carpark today.

Foodbank and Waitara Initiatives Supporting Employment (WISE) Charitable Trust member Tracey Bryant said they were delighted to receive the donations, which came on top of a successful community food drive earlier in the month.

“We were overwhelmed…we really felt the love,” she says.

A group was working hard behind the scenes at the Foodbank to make sure that those who needed the service could access it and there was a real need for active volunteers. To better serve their community the foodbank was set to open for the first time during the Christmas period this year, she says.

Taranaki Honda co-owner Paula Moir says they were keen to jump and board and support the cause when they heard what was planned, providing a donation on behalf of the company & Honda NZ. It was a classic example of how Taranaki organizations could rally together to support a good cause.

“We are just really excited to be part of it…we are just like a great big hub where everybody gets together to help,” she says.

Lyn was thrilled with the generosity of everyone involved and said talk had already started turning to a similar effort next year.

“It’s been really overwhelming that so many people have wanted to give.”

A special feature was those who had benefitted from Foodbank support in the past, who had now fronted up with large donations for others.

“People know how much it’s needed at this time of year,” she says.

  • Information about opening hours, criteria or how to help out is available on the Foodbank Waitara - Kai Potaka Facebook page or people can ring 0508 238 837 to offer their support.

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