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.