Drums her­ald big food col­lec­tion

‘A lot of fam­i­lies will be very happy’

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‘‘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.

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