Rais­ing funds to fill the cup­board

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

A com­mu­nity youth pro­gramme is looking for help to stock pantry cup­boards.

Hope City Out­reach, a trust that has been sup­port­ing teenagers and young adults since 2007, wants to start a food­bank to help fam­i­lies who are hav­ing trou­ble mak­ing ends meet.

“We’d like to do our lit­tle bit within our area of work and of­fer in a small way some­thing for our youth in the wider cen­tral re­gion,” says min­is­ter Obed Unasa from St Stephen’s Church, where the youth pro­gramme is based.

“Hope­fully by start­ing some­thing here, oth­ers will want to help set up food­banks in other ar­eas.”

Out­reach vol­un­teer Joseph Re­bello has or­gan­ised a hockey tour­na­ment to be held next month to raise money to start the food­bank.

“We are try­ing to start our own ways and means of hav­ing hope in the city,” he says.

“By rais­ing money we can help the fam­i­lies of our young peo­ple in th­ese more dif­fi­cult times.”

Hope City is in the process of ap­proach­ing busi­nesses to sup­port the ini­tia­tive and al­ready has back­ing from Bak­ers De­light in Pon­sonby.

Gen­eral man­ager Colleen Milne says ev­ery year Bak­ers De­light do­nates more than $50 mil­lion in bread to char­i­ties na­tion­ally as a way to of­fer sup­port to com­mu­ni­ties.

“Any bread that is left over at the end of the day is given away be­cause we bake fresh ev­ery day,” she says.

As well as pro­vid­ing an evening meal for its mem­bers, work­shops, youth ac­tiv­i­ties, coun­selling and sup­port groups are all part of Hope City’s weekly pro­gramme.

For 13-year-old Yuen Teata, it is great place to meet up with friends to play ta­ble ten­nis, bas­ket­ball or en­joy a game of pool.

“It’s a fun thing to do on a Fri­day night.

“Some peo­ple go for sup­port and to talk to the min­is­ter about is­sues and some go for fun,” he says.

Hope City Out­reach meets ev­ery Fri­day from 4pm to 9pm at St Stephen’s Church hall, 65 Jer­vois Rd, Pon­sonby.

If you would like to con­trib­ute to the food­bank call Rev Unasa on 027-555-1311 or email ri­ounasa@ya­hoo. co.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Stocked shelves: Pon­sonby’s Hope City Out­reach youth pro­gramme co-or­di­na­tors Joseph Re­bello, left, and Rev Obed Unasa are looking for help to start a food­bank project.

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