Getting creative with cans for good
Students are encouraged to get creative with Wattie’s food cans to make a difference in their local communities.
In partnership with the food company, the Salvation Army runs Cans for Good, a national campaign for can collection, creation, education and donations.
The event, held in the week starting October 30, calls on kindergartens to high schools to construct their cans creatively and help restock shelves of the charity’s food banks in the period leading up to Christmas.
More than 200 primary schools nationally participated in last year’s event, collecting more than 67,000 cans.
With the donation from Wattie’s, the total number was over 92,000.
East Auckland schools signed up for this year’s event include Wakaaranga Primary and Bucklands Beach Intermediate.
‘‘Wattie’s Cans for Good had an amazing response last year. We were able to stock up food banks helping vulnerable families and individuals,’’ the Salvation Army’s head of social services Pam Waugh says.
Wattie’s spokeswoman Tina Wong says they had positive feedback from primary schools last year, and decided to open up the event to kindergartens, intermediate and high schools.
Kindergartens and schools can visit watties.co.nz to join in.
Salvation Army Corps officer Major Alister Irwin with school students during the Cans for Good collection project last year.