Drums herald big food collection
‘A lot of families will be very happy’
‘‘Even the little old ladies were coming out in their nighties with their food stuffs wanting us to stop and get them picked up,’’ said Kitiona Tauira, one of the coordinators of the Strong Pacific Families ‘Contribute to Distribute’ food collection.
The December 3 food drive was the culmination of the Strong Pacific Families Week of Actions to help eliminate violence in the community.
Last year the food collection focused on the Pacific churches in Porirua. This year’s collection was bigger and included two convoys of two trucks each which covered the region from Tawa to Whitby.
The convoys were often heard before they were seen – each lead truck was full of Cook Island drummers.
‘‘ When the people heard the Cook Island drums, they came,’’ said Makerita Makapelu of the Wesley Community Action food bank.
‘‘The drums provided the beats and the people were dancing Zumba on the streets, on their balconies and in their homes. It was really buzzing and it was all about giving to help others.’’
Most of the runners were young people who donated their time for the food collection.
‘‘Running around the streets of Porirua was challenging, especially all those hills,’’ said 16-year-old Ben Sakaio from the Pahina Tokelauan Church, who was one of the runners.
‘‘But it was all worth it knowing I was doing it to help others. We managed to fill half a Mainfreight truck with all the food, toys and clothes people donated. Being a part of this food collection was awesome, I’ll definitely be doing it again next year.’’
The proceeds of the food collection were distributed to the Salvation Army and Wesley Community Action food banks.
‘‘There will be a lot of families who will be very happy with this great support from the community, and thank you to the Strong Pacific Families Committee for organising this food collection,’’ said Elizabeth Iona from the Salvation Army food bank.