DineAid helps stock food bank shelves

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A char­i­ta­ble cam­paign that re­lies on restau­rant and cafe go­ers do­nat­ing their spare change to help the hun­gry and the home­less is un­der way.

The DineAid cam­paign also has the back­ing of a host of food-lov­ing celebri­ties and runs un­til New Year’s Eve.

Among those sup­port­ing the 2013 ini­tia­tive are food­ies and TV pre­sen­ters Annabelle White, Nici Wickes and me­dia per­son­al­ity Jesse Mul­li­gan. They are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to book at DineAid eater­ies and add $2 to their fi­nal bill with all the funds go­ing to the coun­try’s city mis­sions.

‘‘It is such a bril­liant and sim­ple idea,’’ Ms White says.

‘‘Not only do din­ers treat their taste buds, they have the op­por­tu­nity to show their hearts are in the right place.’’

Ms Wickes says it’s tough to ar­gue with just a cou­ple of dol­lars added to the bill.

Since it launched in New Zealand five years ago, DineAid has raised al­most $400,000.

Ev­ery sin­gle cent goes to city mis­sion food banks in Auck­land, Welling­ton and Christchurch.

City mis­sion spokes­woman Diane Robertson says as a re­sult of the pro­gramme thou­sands of New Zealan­ders will not go hun­gry this Christ­mas.

‘‘We can’t en­cour­age peo­ple enough to book at par­tic­i­pat­ing eater­ies dur­ing this cam­paign. We’ve had record num­bers of peo­ple turn­ing to us in times of need and th­ese funds help stock our food banks not just at our busiest time – Christ­mas – but for the en­tire year,’’ she says.

Din­ers can add $2 to their bill at the end of a meal or can drop $2 into col­lec­tion boxes in any of the par­tic­i­pat­ing cafes.

Driver's seat: Gib­son Crake, 3, hops into the driver’s seat of a fire en­gine at the Mo­tat Fire and Res­cue

Tough gear: Search and Res­cue equip­ment used by fire­fight­ers, in­clud­ing chain­saws and saws, was on dis­play at the Mo­tat Fire and Res­cue Day.

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