Asperger’s group gets help­ing hand

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JEREMY WILKIN­SON

A foun­da­tion set up to help chil­dren with Asperger’s has re­ceived $ 1155 from Tawa Z Energy’s na­tional Good in the Hood ini­tia­tive.

The Cloud 9 Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion was one of four com­mu­nity groups in the Welling­ton area to win a share of $4000 from the Tawa Z Energy petrol sta­tion.

Cus­tomers were given a to­ken af­ter their pur­chase to vote for one of the four char­i­ties.

The votes de­ter­mined the por­tion of the to­tal prize that each group re­ceived.

Cloud 9, which caters for peo­ple with high- func­tion­ing Asperger’s, re­ceived $1155.

Bill Mur­ray, the foun­da­tion’s co-or­di­na­tor, said such peo­ple were very in­tel­li­gent, but had trou­ble in so­cial sit­u­a­tions, es­pe­cially in­tu­ition.

‘‘Cloud 9 re­ceives no grants or gov­ern­ment fund­ing, so we are very re­liant on char­i­ties and do­na­tions.’’

Other ben­e­fi­cia­ries from Tawa Z: Vic­tim Sup­port ($ 1112), Barnar­dos ($ 663) and Tawa Com­mu­nity Pa­trol ($1070).

The Z sta­tion in Mungavin Ave backed English Lan­guage Part­ners – Porirua ($ 385), Porirua Liv­ing With­out Vi­o­lence Te Noho Riri Kore ($523), Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance Ser­vice ($2000) and Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion ($1164).

Z Mana spon­sored Mana Vol­un­teer Coast­guard, Pare­mata Plun­ket Creche, Plim­mer­ton Red Cross, and Heart Kids Welling­ton.

Bill Mur­ray, of the Cloud 9 Foun­da­tion, cel­e­brates his or­gan­i­sa­tion’s do­na­tion from Z Energy Tawa.


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