Com­mu­nity spirit blooms thanks to gar­den scheme

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

Owairaka school prin­ci­pal Brenda Wil­liams was ‘‘blown away by the gen­eros­ity of the com­mu­nity’’ af­ter re­ciev­ing a cheque for $2155.37 on April 28.

The do­na­tion was raised as part of the Mount Roskill Ware­house Bags for Good cam­paign which saw lo­cals vote for the or­gan­i­sa­tion they felt was most de­serv­ing.

‘‘We’re so thank­ful to the com­mu­nity and the sup­port they have shown us, it’s re­ally pos­i­tive,’’ she says.

The do­na­tion is ex­pected to go to­wards up­grad­ing the IT suite and pro­vide fund­ing for the school’s Gar­den to Ta­ble pro­gramme.

‘‘It’s a pro­gramme that we’re very pas­sion­ate about,’’ Wil­liams says.

Gar­den to Ta­ble in­volves teach­ing chil­dren im­por­tant life skills from grow­ing their own veg­eta­bles to pre­par­ing meals.

Owairaka School


sev­eral dif­fer­ent veg­etable gar­dens through­out its grounds and a pizza oven to cook the fresh pro­duce.

‘‘We see it as meet­ing the needs of our kids and the com­mu­nity. We have a very di­verse school and through grow­ing their own food the kids have learnt not only im­por­tant skills but about dif­fer­ent cul­tures in the school.’’

Gar­den to Ta­ble is not funded by the gov­ern­ment and Owairaka is the only school in Auck­land that sup­ports the pro­gramme.

‘‘It just of­fers so much to the kids. They go home and talk about grow­ing things with their par­ents. It opens up a whole dif­fer­ent world for them.’’

Mount Roskill Ware­house com­mu­nity lia­son Donna Fi­field says the amount awarded to Owairaka School came as a sur­prise.

‘‘Dona­tions are nor­mally around $300 – $500 but its great to see so much go­ing to­wards a very wor­thy cause.’’

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