Beep-beep re­lief

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

A group of good cit­i­zens from Tawa hope to start a new tra­di­tion in the sub­urb, ‘toot­ing for tucker’.

Toot for Tucker par­tic­i­pants will drive through the sub­urb to­mor­row and Thurs­day night, toot­ing their horn and stop­ping for peo­ple to bring out food bank do­na­tions.

The drive is a joint project be­tween the Tawa Ro­tary and Lions clubs and the Tawa Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade to help stock the cup­boards of the Tawa Com­mu­nity Food Bank, run by the Sal­va­tion Army.

‘‘ We won’t be knock­ing on your door, but we would like you to come out and give us a do­na­tion,’’ Tawa Ro­tary pres­i­dent Richard Hutchin­son says.

‘‘We aim to cover as much of Tawa as pos­si­ble,’’ and driv­ers will alert res­i­dents to their pres­ence by mak­ing ‘‘a bit of noise with siren and horn’’.

The tim­ing is right, as many peo­ple are aware fam­i­lies are un­der stress at Christ­mas time, but if suc­cess­ful the food drive may be­come a reg­u­lar event.

‘‘It’s about help­ing oth­ers in need, and when you see need, go and help them,’’ Mr Hutchin­son says. ‘‘The need’s there all year, so it’s some­thing that could be done on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis.’’

Tawa Sal­va­tion Army cap­tain Keith Wray is ex­cited about the project, and says it will be worth­while whether it gen­er­ates 500 cans or 5000.

Christ­mas and par­tic­u­larly the fol­low­ing weeks are some of the hard­est for fam­i­lies, he says, and the food bank is ex­pect­ing to be hit hard.

‘‘Gen­er­ally it goes mad over Christ­mas, and come the New Year and Fe­bru­ary this is when peo­ple are need­ing the help.

‘‘We have to con­tin­u­ally pur­chase through­out the year, so it would be just great,’’ to see a wave of gen­eros­ity from the can drive, he says.

As well as the sta­ple cans of baked beans and boxes of WeetBix, tinned fruit is par­tic­u­larly good to have in stock.

Tawa res­i­dents are tra­di­tion­ally good sup­port­ers of the food bank, Mr Wray says, and is look­ing for­ward to see­ing the Toot for Tucker help to meet some of the Christ­mas need.

‘‘It’s amaz­ing the spirit that’s here, from the young­sters right through,’’ he says.

Water water ev­ery­where: Porirua City Coun­cil water en­gi­neer Des­mond Scrim­geour and coun­cil­lor Anita Baker in front of a new sign at the Pare­mata bridge warn­ing res­i­dents to keep their taps firmly closed to con­serve tap water this sum­mer. Toot­ing team: Toot for Tucker

par­tic­i­pants hope to col­lect

a stock­pile of non-per­ish­able food to keep

the Tawa Com­mu­nity Food Bank go­ing dur­ing

the busy fes­tive sea­son. From left, Mike Far­rand of the Tawa Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade, Keith Wray of the Sal­va­tion Army, Richard Hutchin­son of

Tawa Ro­tary and Arthur Von

Sturmer of Tawa Lions.

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