Tawa char­ity’s sup­port grow­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Tracy Wellington and Phil Davies are busy, busy, busy.

The founders of char­ity Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance have a new van and new premises in Tawa to house hun­dreds of boxes of shoes, cloth­ing, toys, food, fur­ni­ture and even white­ware for needy fam­i­lies.

Af­ter hum­ble be­gin­nings two years ago, when they ran Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance out of their home, it’s been a steady rise for the cou­ple.

Last week, Hub­bards an­nounced them as an Amaz­ing Hero and gave them $5000.

Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance will go against two other Hub­bards He­roes to earn money from a kitty cre­ated from the sale of Hub­bards muesli.

‘‘We re­ally need peo­ple to vote for us,’’ Ms Wellington said.

Since De­cem­ber, Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance has been based in a pre­vi­ously va­cant build­ing in Tawa, as its need to use more than just stor­age units has grown.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion dis­trib­utes to Wes­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion, Porirua Women’s Refuge, Su­per­grans and Cap­i­tal & Coast Dis­trict Health Board, among other groups.

It is giv­ing out 400 ba­nana boxes of goods a month.

In 2013, Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance dis­trib­uted 3275 boxes of food and 2945 boxes of cloth­ing and toys.

Ms Wellington said there was a need for school shoes at the mo­ment, with school start­ing.

‘‘We’re un­be­liev­ably busy and it shows there is need. We’re do­ing what we can to help and peo­ple are be­ing so gen­er­ous, sup­port­ing oth­ers less for­tu­nate,’’ she said.

She said Hub­bards was very gen­er­ous and its sup­port, along with other spon­sors, was cru­cial.

Kelly Belch, co-owner of John­sonville Auto Re­pairs, said she wanted to make a cash dona­tion to Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance, but a bet­ter so­lu­tion was found – the char­ity’s van will be ser­viced free by her busi­ness.

Wasabi Air, Tommy’s, Dob­bins Of­fice Fur­ni­ture and Ro­tary are among spon­sors.

Hub­bards hero: Tracy Wellington from Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance with Hub­bards brand man­ager Kim­ber­ley Thorpe.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Driv­ing force: From left, Kelly Belch from John­sonville Auto Re­pairs, Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance vol­un­teer Hine­tai Parekura, Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance co-founders Phil Davies and Tracy Wellington, and Ste­fan Ralph from Wasabi Air in the van the char­ity will use to pick up and dis­trib­ute do­nated goods.

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