Donate food to Can-do

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PGG Wright­son’s an­nual CanDo Col­lec­tion Day ap­peal to ben­e­fit the CHB Food Bank turns six this year, and or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for­ward to an­other bumper col­lec­tion in 2018.

“We have a num­ber of col­lec­tors who pledge their sup­port every year, so now we’re be able to cover O¯ tane, Waipawa, Waipuku­rau, Taka­pau and now Po­ran­ga­hau,” said or­gan­iser Max Lyver, from PGG Wright­son Waipuku­rau.

Max was ask­ing peo­ple to have a look in their cup­boards for any­thing they can spare to help those in need for the col­lec­tion day.

“Such things as tins of fruit, ve­g­ies or beans, jars of jam, sauces and pick­les, pack­ets of bis­cuits, pasta, noo­dles, soup and even house­hold clean­ing prod­ucts. Any non-per­ish­able food items will all go to needy fam­i­lies,” he said.

Tegel Foods had again pledged to make a bulk dona­tion of its frozen chicken prod­ucts which will be a wel­come ad­di­tion to any­body’s Christ­mas din­ner, said Max.

Col­lec­tors will again de­liver re­minder no­tices one week prior to the col­lec­tion dur­ing the an­nual event,¯be­fore they walk the streets of Otane, Waipawa, Waipuku­rau, Taka­pau and Po­ran­ga­hau on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15 be­tween 6pm-7pm, sup­ported by a num­ber of pri­vate cars and var­i­ous fire bri­gade, am­bu­lance and lo­cal po­lice ve­hi­cles.

“So if you hear the sirens blar­ing or see flash­ing lights, it’s a re­minder to hang a gro­cery bag with your dona­tion on your gate or let­ter­box,” Lyver said.

In pre­vi­ous years, PGG Wright­son have sup­plied over 3000 branded plas­tic bags for the col­lec­tion.

“But now as we ac­knowl­edge the world­wide move away from the use of sin­gle use plas­tic bags, we’re ask­ing peo­ple to re­pur­pose any old shop­ping bags they might have ly­ing around home and put their do­na­tions in them. We’ll then dis­pose of the bags re­spon­si­bly after the col­lec­tion,” said Lyver.

Nu­mer­ous groups vol­un­teered to act as col­lec­tors, said Max, in­clud­ing Epic Min­istries, Ruahine Cadets, St John Am­bu­lance Cadets, Waipuku­rau Ro­tary Club, Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s In­sti­tute, CHB Dis­trict Coun­cil, staff from Crowe Hor­wath, Taka­pau RSA, Po­ran­ga­hau Ma¯ ori Women’s Wel­fare League and the team from the PGG Wright­son re­tail store.

“We’d still like to see some in­volve­ment from the ru­ral schools this year, so we’re reach­ing out to all schools in the CHB area to take part,” he said.

If res­i­dents are not go­ing to be home on Novem­ber 15 but want to donate, food items can be dropped to the PGG Wright­son store at 12 Taka­pau Road in Waipuku­rau. There will also be drop boxes in the foyer of CHB Dis­trict Coun­cil’s of­fices in Waipawa and the lo­cal dis­trict li­braries.

■ Peo­ple who want to act as col­lec­tors or who can help on the day with a car, ute or trailer can con­tact Max on 858 6780 or Michelle Burne on 858 6771.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED.

Vol­un­teers at a pre­vi­ous Can-Do Col­lec­tion Day.

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