Hundreds of Taranaki children will snuggle up in warm PJs thanks to WISE Charitable Trust, local businesses, and staff at Tui Ora.
Today Paul Scouller and Petunia Twala from WISE visited Tui Ora to hand out 50 packs of flannelette pyjamas so our kaimahi could ensure they got to the whānau who need them most in these chilly temperatures. Each pack contains two sets of the sleepwear for tamariki or taiohi up to the age of 14.
All up, WISE has organised for 336 packs of PJs to be distributed locally following donations from staff at TSB Bank, OMV and Todd Energy, as well as Harcourts, Hofmans Builders, More CA LTD and Federal Store.
Paul and Petunia said last winter WISE donated 160 PJs and this year the amount had more than doubled thanks to local businesses and their staff stepping up.
Rachel Broadmore of TSB Bank says bank staff took the initiative to heart. “Our purpose is unparalleled customer care for community good so we are always looking at ways of achieving that.” She joked that for a time her workstation was over-run with piles of PJs.
The connection with WISE came about through the bank’s relationship with the TSB Community Trust.
Paul, Petunia and Rachel sat down for a cuppa this morning with Whānau Ora kaimahi, taking them through the range of initiatives the charitable trust is involved in.
They encompass the home insulation mahi the trust was founded on in which it supports people into employment through work skills gained on the job. These days, WISE also runs a cleaning service, home and commercial garden programme, call centre and community garden. It has an office in Waitara and one in Rotorua. For more see their website https://www.betterhomes.co.nz/(external link)