Lunch charity seeking business backing
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.