Get ‘n’ Give cel­e­brate one year of help

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - What’s On - SAM KILMISTER

A Mar­ton or­gan­i­sa­tion that aims to alleviate poverty in Ran­gi­tikei is cel­e­brat­ing its first birth­day.

Get ‘n’ Give pro­vides emer­gency as­sis­tance in the form of cloth­ing, fur­ni­ture and food to dis­ad­van­taged res­i­dents in Ran­gi­tikei.

Founder Belinda Har­veyLarsen was in­spired to start the con­cept dur­ing the fall­out of the 2015 floods in Whanganui. While lend­ing a hand she saw res­i­dents ex­change goods for other goods with­out us­ing money.

She liked the phi­los­o­phy they had - like a barter sys­tem where neigh­bours could take things they needed with­out ex­chang­ing cash.

‘‘I saw a gap in Mar­ton that needed to be filled.’’

That gap gave rise to Get ‘n’ Give, which is ef­fec­tively a re­cy­clable barter ser­vice.

Peo­ple leave an item at the shop’s hut and can take what they de­sire.

‘‘It’s usu­ally any­thing they can no longer use in their house. The clas­sic ex­am­ple would be chil­dren who have grown out of their clothes or a bassinet,’’ Har­veyLarsen said.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is com­prised of 12 vol­un­teers, aged be­tween 23 to 93.

The team didn’t limit their ser­vice to Mar­ton, Har­vey-Larsen said. They had taken fur­ni­ture to Tai­hape, Hun­ter­ville, Whanganui and also kit­ted out a flat in Palmer­ston North.

‘‘We get a lot of re­quests to fur­nish homes [for] fam­i­lies that may have lost their homes to fires or have had to move for some rea­son.’’

Mar­ton’s in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion had also cre­ated a hous­ing short­age pre­sent­ing the com­mu­nity with its lat­est strug­gle, Har­vey-Larsen said.

The Get ‘n’ Give team had also helped strug­gling fam­i­lies find homes.

‘‘I see it be­ing needed for many years yet,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s go­ing from strength to strength. It’s not just clothes and fur­ni­ture. We’re here to help any­one.’’

To mark their first birth­day, vol­un­teers held a sausage siz­zle out­side Mar­ton New World.

PHOTO: BELINDA HAR­VEY-LARSEN/SUP­PLIED

Mar­ton’s Get ‘n Give cel­e­brate their first birth­day.

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