As­pir­ing Walls gift to group

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

It may not have themed rooms or a big bud­get, but Porirua’s own ‘‘Ex­treme Makeover: Home Edi­tion’’ is mak­ing life eas­ier for those fight­ing against vi­o­lence.

As­pir­ing Walls has almost fin­ished its first vol­un­teer project, by giv­ing three rooms at Liv­ing With­out Vi­o­lence a new look.

As­pir­ing Walls spokes­woman Michelle Gil­lard said the project was the re­sult of a com­mit­tee, called As­pir­ing Hope, set up after a survey re­vealed staff wanted to do more to help the com­mu­nity.

‘‘If it’s a nicer en­vi­ron­ment it makes you feel re­laxed.

‘‘If it makes peo­ple smile, that’s the im­por­tant thing,’’ she said.

‘‘We are re­ally strongly fo­cused on this com­mu­nity.’’

Project vol­un­teer War­ren Find­lay was one of the painters work­ing on the rooms.

‘‘Ev­ery­one likes to help out. The room was hor­ri­ble in there,’’ he said.

Next year, the group hope to do up to four projects and ex­tend to help­ing in­di­vid­u­als, too.

Liv­ing With­out Vi­o­lence ad­min­is­tra­tor An­nette Kennedy said she was amazed by the spruced up rooms.

‘‘It was quite over­whelm­ing re­ally. It’s great for the women and men who come in and use it. It’s some­thing spe­cial,’’ she said.


New look: Wall cov­er­ing team War­ren Find­lay, Cal­lan Skip­per, Mark Piper and Bren­den White.

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