Boost for foster chil­dren

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

A small do­na­tion has made a big dif­fer­ence for the Foster Hope char­ity that is based in Ka­paiti and Welling­ton.

Run by Kapiti res­i­dent Jess An­der­son, the char­ity of­fers sup­port for chil­dren go­ing into foster care for the first time.

Last month the char­ity re­ceived an $850 do­na­tion from Cho­rus and ser­vice part­ner Downer at the char­ity’s stor­age site in All Safe Porirua.

The do­na­tion started as a small of­fer­ing by Kapiti kau­matua Leon Hu­nia, who of­fered his koha from a bless­ing per­formed at the launch of the ul­tra fast broad­band net­work in Kapiti.

A foster par­ent him­self, he de­cided to do­nate his koha to a wor­thy cause, and Foster Hope was sug­gested af­ter staff mem­ber Kevin McMul­lan saw an ar­ti­cle in the lo­cal news­pa­per.

Cho­rus and Downer then matched the amount, with Welling­ton staff mem­ber Alis­dair Durie con­tribut­ing a PSP (PlaySta­tion Por­ta­ble) he won to raise ex­tra money in a raf­fle.

Foster Hope co-or­di­na­tor Jess An­der­son said she was blown away by the do­na­tion, which would be used to help foster chil- dren in the Welling­ton, Porirua, Hutt Val­ley, Wainuiomata, Kapiti and Manawatu dis­tricts.

The money will go to­wards as­sem­bling back­packs for chil­dren with­out any items of their own.

Photo: TALIA CARLISLE

Boost­ing funds: Downer staff El­don Po­taka, left, and Kevin McMul­lan, right, check out the work of char­ity Foster Hope with co-or­di­na­tor Jess An­der­son, and Shaun Dancer from Cho­rus, at All Safe in Porirua.

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