Lunch char­ity seek­ing busi­ness back­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

A Porirua char­ity which makes 1500 lunches a week for school chil­dren is ap­peal­ing to busi­nesses to help them con­tinue their work.

Shari-ana Clif­ford, founder of Kai for Kids, said it was the only char­ity in New Zealand that pro­vided a hearty school lunch with no ques­tions asked.

‘‘There are char­i­ties that do break­fasts and soup din­ners and high en­ergy snacks to get kids through the day but only we do this.’’

Clif­ford be­gan the char­ity af­ter her daugh­ter be­gan tak­ing ex­tra lunches to school to feed her friends and it quickly grew to feed­ing hun­dreds of chil­dren.

She said feed­ing so many chil­dren was not cheap and she had started an­other job to help fund her char­ity.

‘‘We had a $500 power bill last month be­cause we run five fridges and two deep freez­ers. I make two trips in my car from the su­per­mar­ket.

‘‘If we can get 20 busi­nesses pay­ing $50 a week that would make us sus­tain­able ... it’s not too much for some peo­ple and it’s heaps to us.’’

It’s been a tough few weeks for Clif­ford who lost two fam­ily mem­bers, had her son ad­mit­ted into hos­pi­tal and then had her wal­let stolen.

‘‘Kai for Kids is more than just me, I have an amaz­ing team of vol­un­teers who carry on in the back­ground.

‘‘Some­times I wake up and won­der what I’m go­ing to do but we just keep on go­ing ... mak­ing more sand­wiches.’’

Kai for Kids gained char­i­ta­ble sta­tus last week and Clif­ford hoped more busi­nesses in Porirua and Welling­ton would get be­hind the ini­tia­tive.

‘‘I love those kids. I don’t want at­ten­tion and I don’t want to be fa­mous - I just want to be the lady who makes sand­wiches.’’

Phil Find­lay’s busi­ness Wa­ters NZ has just signed on to do­nate $50 a week to the char­ity and he’s chal­leng­ing oth­ers to do the same.

The Porirua res­i­dent said he was ‘‘blown away’’ when he heard what Clif­ford was do­ing for Porirua chil­dren.

‘‘I thought, this is some­thing every­body should get be­hind which is why I’m help­ing her. I like the way she’s just get­ting on and do­ing things ... busi­nesses should be back­ing some­one like that.’’

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Shari-ana Clif­ford and her daugh­ter Ella-Ruth are mak­ing 1500 lunches a week.

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