Adding colour to our lives

Cambridge Edition - - OUT & ABOUT - REXINE HAWES

Can one paint test pot change the lives of strug­gling New Zealand fam­i­lies?

How about 557 test pots? That’s the amount of test pots traded at Cam­bridge Re­sene for cans of food as part of the Re­sene Hunger for Colour fundraiser.

The Fe­bru­ary fundraiser in­vited peo­ple to head to one of 66 Re­sene ColorShops around the coun­try and swap cans of food for a 60-80ml test pot of Re­sene paint.

The food cans col­lected in Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville, Cam­bridge and Te Awa­mutu were do­nated to the Cam­bridge Sal­va­tion Army food bank, where they will be dis­persed to the com­mu­nity. Added to the col­lec­tion in Cam­bridge, 297 were col­lected in Mata­mata, 639 in Te Awa­mutu and 197 in Mor­rinsville.

Cam­bridge Corps Sal­va­tion Army Of­fi­cer cap­tain Shaun Baker said the col­lec­tion would cer­tainly help re­plen­ish the Cam­bridge food bank fol­low­ing high de­mand through De­cem­ber.

He said this time of year is ex­tra busy for the Sal­va­tion Army as many fam­i­lies strug­gle with the ef­fects of Christ­mas, hol­i­days and back to school costs.

‘‘We are hugely ap­pre­cia­tive to Re­sene for be­ing in­volved in the cam­paign and to the lo­cal peo­ple sup­port­ing us too.’’

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