Get­ting cre­ative with cans for good

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - LIU CHEN

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.

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Sal­va­tion Army Corps of­fi­cer Ma­jor Alis­ter Ir­win with school stu­dents dur­ing the Cans for Good col­lec­tion project last year.

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