Good news for Kiwi help­ing hands

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance has found a per­ma­nent home.

The char­ity, which be­gan in founder Tracy Wellington’s Tawa home three years ago, has moved around re­peat­edly as the op­er­a­tion has ex­panded.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion gives out more than 400 ba­nana boxes of food, cloth­ing, books and other goods each month to Wes­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion, Porirua Women’s Refuge, Su­pergrans, Cap­i­tal & Coast Dis­trict Health Board and other groups.

On Septem­ber 3, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown was on hand to of­fi­cially open Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance’s new ware­house in Gre­nada North.

Wellington ac­knowl­edged spon­sors such as Hub­bards, James Cook Ho­tel Grand Chan­cel­lor, New World Chur­ton Park, Tom­mys Realty and PGG Wright­son as help­ing to as­sist nearly 40,000 peo­ple in the past three years.

Wade-Brown said what Wellington and part­ner Phil Davies had car­ried out in a short time was in­spir­ing.

‘‘You guys are awe­some and have achieved what you have in such a mod­ern way [through use of so­cial me­dia],’’ she said.

‘‘You are help­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­nity and fam­i­lies that are re­ally strug­gling, and in­spir­ing many of us to do our bit.’’

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