Funds from Lions

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Wai­tan­girua Lions have done their bit to help out the Sal­va­tion Army’s Porirua food bank, do­nat­ing $500 last week.

Keith Ni­coll from the Lions said they were spurred on af­ter read­ing the Kapi-Mana News front page story on Novem­ber 16, which out­lined how food banks in the city were strug­gling. Com­ing up to Christ­mas, usu­ally a tough time for low-in­come fam­i­lies, many of the shelves were bare.

‘‘They’re a lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion that are help­ing lo­cal peo­ple, so we just wanted to do what we could. By giv­ing them money [as op­posed to col­lect­ing food] they can go out and buy the food they think the food bank badly needs.’’

El­iz­a­beth Iona from the Sal­va­tion Army said the com­mu­nity re­sponse had been great, and do­na­tions such as this from the Lions were grate­fully re­ceived.

Wai­tan­girua Lions’ pri­mary in­come-earner is the minia­ture train that loops around Aotea La­goon ev­ery Sun­day af­ter­noon. Along with the food bank, they have re­cently helped the Aotea Col­lege bar­ber­shop quar­tet go to the United States, and do­nated funds to the Maara Roa bush restora­tion project and Porirua Arts Coun­cil.

The minia­ture train runs from 1pm till 4pm on Sun­days, weather per­mit­ting. It costs $2 per ride and is free for un­der 2s.

Badly needed: El­iz­a­beth Iona from the Sal­va­tion Army re­ceives a cheque from Keith Ni­coll, with Lions’ mem­bers Glo­ria Watene and Ricky Twose also in at­ten­dance.

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