Mak­ing soup for home­less

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

Point Che­va­lier School has been pay­ing it for­ward to those in need.

Each week for the past few months, teach­ers from the school have de­liv­ered freshly-pre­pared pots of soup to the Auck­land City Mis­sion.

The pupils at the school con­trib­ute in­gre­di­ents, peel, chop and then pre­pare the soup.

Prin­ci­pal Stephen Leth­bridge says the ini­tia­tive started when a teacher de­cided to take left­over food from a school func­tion to the Mis­sion.

‘‘This par­tic­u­lar teacher was truly sur­prised by the number of peo­ple there ... you don’t get a sense of this un­less you see it first­hand,’’ he says.

From then the school de­cided it wanted to help the home­less.

Auck­land City Mis­sion re­lies on do­na­tions of cooked food in or­der to pro­vide meals, as it doesn’t have a com­mer­cial kitchen on site.

In the year to June 2016, there were 44,079 vis­its to the Mis­sion’s com­mu­nity drop-in cen­tre for food, hot drinks and prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance.

Over the same time pe­riod, the Mis­sion pro­vided 220,395 hot drinks to home­less peo­ple.

‘‘We de­cided on soup, as it would be easy for our stu­dents to con­trib­ute small parts to­wards, as well as rel­a­tively easy to pre­pare with our lim­ited cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties,’’ Leth­bridge says.

The school re­lies on these do­na­tions and it shows the stu­dents how a small con­tri­bu­tion can make a dif­fer­ence, he says.

‘‘I re­ally like mak­ing soup for the City Mis­sion, be­cause I am help­ing them and mak­ing a change in the world,’’ 11-year-old Sasha de Spong says.

One class also bakes bread rolls and at the end of the day, two teach­ers will then de­liver the soup and rolls to those in need.

This term, the ini­tia­tive was opened up to the rest of the school and some of the more ju­nior classes be­came in­volved.

‘‘As part of our tech­nol­ogy units, the stu­dents are de­vel­op­ing items for the home­less pop­u­la­tion in Auck­land,’’ Leth­bridge says.

‘‘Some are mak­ing care pack­ages, while oth­ers are mak­ing mul­ti­pur­pose jack­ets.’’

Since 1920 the Auck­land City Mis­sion has been help­ing Auck­lan­ders in need by pro­vid­ing in­te­grated ser­vices, in­clud­ing emer­gency food parcels, sup­port for the home­less, move­ment to per­ma­nent hous­ing, and drug and al­co­hol detox­i­fi­ca­tion as­sis­tance.

Point Che­va­lier School pupils peel veg­eta­bles to feed hun­gry pa­trons of the Auck­land City Mis­sion.

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