A stock an­swer

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Three Pukerua Bay School stu­dents re­ceived ap­plause from their fel­low stu­dents and teach­ers af­ter their suc­cess­ful ef­forts to col­lect food for Wes­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion.

Ste­vie Wake­lin, Molly McGre­gor and Hermione Cook saw an ar­ti­cle in KapiMana News re­cently about stocks be­ing down at lo­cal food banks as Christ­mas drew near.

With the help of their teacher, Alastair Han­cock, they made a list of what to do, made a poster and asked class­mates to bring food in to school.

The re­sult was four large boxes of food that were grate­fully ac­cepted by Wes­ley at their food bank in Porirua East.

Robyn Pope, Wes­ley’s man­ager of prac­tice and devel­op­ment, said many fam­i­lies in Porirua did not have peo­ple they could read­ily turn to at this time of year, when their cupboards might be bare.

‘‘ These three young women made a de­ci­sion to make a dif­fer­ence, and it could mean a big ex­tra for fam­i­lies who can’t af­ford it.’’

School prin­ci­pal Mary Jones said: ‘‘I was de­lighted to see that they could step out­side their own world and recog­nise that there are peo­ple who are strug­gling. It was re­ally spe­cial.’’

Mrs Jones said she would con­sider mak­ing col­lect­ing for a food bank a reg­u­lar part of the school cal­en­dar.

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