Meal mile­stone for char­ity

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The women at Bel­ly­ful had a spe­cial rea­son to cel­e­brate on Satur­day – the cook­ing of their 1000th meal.

The char­ity’s mem­bers get to­gether monthly and make meals for mums with new ba­bies and fam­i­lies strug­gling with ill­ness.

Bel­ly­ful has been go­ing na­tion­wide since 2009 but started in Porirua in May last year.

In the past 11 months they have fundraised $ 12,000 to pay for cook­ing sup­plies, rent­ing freez­ers, print­ing and rent­ing a room at Pem­ber House, and dis­trib­uted meals to 143 Porirua fam­i­lies.

More than 20 vol­un­teers keep the din­ers com­ing out of their Pem­ber House base, co-or­di­na­tor Tra­cie Lane says.

‘‘It’s been work­ing re­ally well and we’ve found the com­mu­nity and lo­cal busi­nesses very gen­er­ous have been great. De­mand has def­i­nitely grown.’’

Z Mana – who gave them $5000 to get started – Mad Butcher, Scene@ Plim­mer­ton, Bun­nings and Tony’s Tyre Ser­vice are among the or­gan­i­sa­tions which of­fer them ‘‘won­der­ful sup­port’’, Ms Lane says.

The team sticks to a tried and true menu of mac­a­roni cheese, spaghetti bolog­naise and lasagna – all tasty, cheap meals vol­un­teers can eas­ily cook in bulk and store.

On May 16 they have a first birth­day fundraiser at Light House Pau­ata­hanui cinema. Salmon Fish­ing in Ye­men is the fea­tured movie and the $25 cost gets you a glass of wine, goodie bag and a ticket to raf­fles. Con­tact tra­cie.lane@bel­ly­ful.org.nz.

Cook­ing up a storm: The ground floor room at Pem­ber House was a flurry of ac­tiv­ity on Satur­day, as Bel­ly­ful mem­bers, like Re­becca Mo­ra­han, were chop­ping, grat­ing, stir­ring and cook­ing the next batch of meals.

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