Char­ity lauded for com­mu­nity work

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

With an­other award and new premises on the way, it keeps get­ting bet­ter for Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance.

The Tawa-based char­ity, which doles out hun­dreds of boxes of food, cloth­ing, white­ware, fur­ni­ture, toys and other items to or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Sal­va­tion Army and Porirua Women’s Refuge, is be­com­ing much too big for its premises.

Founders Phil Davies and Tracy Welling­ton will shortly move their oper­a­tion from Main Road, Tawa, to a ware­house in Gre­nada North.

Welling­ton still shakes her head at how far they have come in lit­tle more than two years.

‘‘ We’re mov­ing 100 banana boxes of goods a week,’’ she said.

‘‘ Our ware­house is chock- ablock and our phone is run­ning off the hook. We got of­fered 29 tonnes of tinned toma­toes the other day. It’s just in­cred­i­ble.

‘‘To get that sort of vol­ume, we need a big­ger space.’’

Spon­sors such as Hub­bards, Desk­top Imag­ing, New Zealand Mi­cro­graph­ics had made Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance’s de­sire to help those less for­tu­nate a re­al­ity, Davies said.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion had a board that reg­u­larly re­viewed its ac­tiv­i­ties, he said.

The move to the new ware­house will cost $30,000 a year so do­na­tions would be vi­tal, Welling­ton said.

Be­ing the joint win­ner of the health and well­be­ing cat­e­gory at the Tawa Com­mu­nity Civic Awards last month helped to keep up the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pro­file, she said.

‘‘ We will share the award around with our vol­un­teers, be­cause they’re a huge part of what we’re do­ing.’’

Welling­ton said vol­un­teers were still be­ing sought as de­mand for Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance goods con­tin­ued to grow.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Char­i­ta­ble win­ners: Tracy Welling­ton, left, and Phil Davies from Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance barely have enough time to fill the or­ders com­ing in for their do­nated goods.

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