Pasi­fika fam­i­lies boost food banks

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Porirua’s giv­ing spirit shone through as res­i­dents all over the city helped to fill a huge truck with food and toys for the Sal­va­tion Army and Wes­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group food banks.

The col­lec­tion, car­ried out in true Is­land style with an open Main­freight truck, Pa­cific drums, mu­sic and food, was the fi­nal event in the Stronger Pa­cific Fam­i­lies Week of Ac­tion which wrapped up on De­cem­ber 4.

Lo­cal vol­un­teers vis­ited churches from Wai­tan­girua to Tawa col­lect­ing bags of non­per­ish­ables to stock the food banks’ shelves.

Pas­tor Ter­e­moana Tauira said the most ‘‘poignant moment’’ for him hap­pened as the col­lec­tion truck was leav­ing St Ti­mothy’s Pres­by­te­rian Church in Ti­tahi Bay.

‘‘An old palagi man comes out of his home with two cans of food, his hands were shak­ing and he was ask­ing us to take the cans off him.

‘‘He slowly places the cans in the plas­tic bag and says that he hopes it helps some­one,’’ Pas­tor Tauira said.

‘‘We tried to give it back to him but he pleaded with us to not to . . . he hopes those cans will serve oth­ers.’’

Pas­tor Tauira said there were a num­ber of peo­ple who gave’’ along the trail.

A woman and her chil­dren who saw the truck on Mun­gavin Ave ap­proached col­lec­tors to see what the fuss was about, later tracked it down in Ti­tahi Bay to of­fer two gro­cery bags of food items.

‘‘She just sim­ply said, ‘You’re do­ing some­thing awe­some for the peo­ple, I just want to con­trib­ute and God bless you all’,’’ said Pas­tor Tauira.

He thanks the com­mu­nity groups who con­trib­uted and the week’s main spon­sors, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices from the Min­istry of So­cial Devel­op­ment, Porirua City Coun­cil and Te Rau­paraha Arena.

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Shar­ing the love: Stronger Pa­cific Fam­i­lies vol­un­teers cel­e­brate their fi­nal food col­lec­tion for the day at Wai­tan­girua. The food was do­nated to the Sal­va­tion Army and Wes­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group.

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