Tawa food­bank scores top award

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Tawa ‘‘food­bank with a dif­fer­ence’’ Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance was crowned top char­ity in the Porirua basin at the Welling­ton Air­port Re­gional Com­mu­nity Awards last Mon­day.

It also won first in the health and well­be­ing cat­e­gory, each award com­ing with $1000 prize money. Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance will also be a fi­nal­ist in the Welling­ton re­gional awards in Oc­to­ber.

Founder Tracy Welling­ton said the win was un­ex­pected.

‘‘ I didn’t even have a speech ready.’’

The awards were a trib­ute to the char­ity’s dozens of vol­un­teers, who col­lect and dis­trib­ute food, cloth­ing and house­hold goods to strug­gling fam­i­lies in Porirua and Tawa, Ms Welling­ton said.

Top of Ms Welling­ton’s mind last week was not the award, but the need to find ware­house space for the hun­dreds of boxes of goods pour­ing in each week.

To help, con­tact Ms Welling­ton at ad­min@kca.org.nz.

Other Porirua char­ity win­ners were as fol­lows:

Arts and Cul­ture: Mana Ti­aki. Run­ner-up: Porirua Lit­tle Theatre.

Health and Well­be­ing: Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance. Run­ner- up: Arise Break­fast Club.

Her­itage and En­vi­ron­ment: Ro­tary Club of Plim­mer­ton. Run­ner-up: Porirua Har­bour Trust.

Sport & Leisure: Porirua ITF Taek­wondo. Run­ner-up: Mana Vol­un­teer Coast­guard.

Ed­u­ca­tion and Child/Youth De­vel­op­ment: The An­chor Church. Run­ner-up: Foun­da­tion for Youth De­vel­op­ment.

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